It is possible for America to talk again. Let's start in Charlotte
Facilitated by Knight School of Communication and North Carolina Humanities Council
· Thursday, March 14 @ 7:00 p.m. (TBD)
· RSVP required. Email Professor Rick Thames at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Noted journalist and author Amanda Ripley will report on her research into conflict mediation and explain how Americans can use that field's techniques to encourage more civil conversations about political differences. The audience will be invited to return to Queens the next day (March 15) for a noon luncheon, followed by afternoon workshops (from 1:30-4 p.m.) in which they will be trained on these techniques and be given the opportunity to try them out with other workshop participants.
1. Think back to a time prior to Amanda Ripley's visit when you talked to someone whose political views were opposite your own. How did you react? How did that experience shape your views of that person as an individual?
2. How might your reaction now be different, based on what you learned through these workshops?
3. More broadly, what other kinds of conflicts in our society might be helped with the application of these principles?