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Bridging the Divide with Civil and Skillful Conversation

Institute for Learning in Retirement
Bridging the Divide with Civil and Skillful Conversation

This course draws upon social psychology and the work of the organization Better Angels to address the heightened polarization that is endangering civil and productive conversation in our nation. Participants will identify shared values, learn skills for coping with difficult conversations, deepen knowledge of two relevant social issues (such as opioid crisis, charter schools, restrictions on social media), and apply new skills and understandings to develop policy recommendations and personal commitments to action. Dr. C. Kerr Thompson, instructor of a similar course called “Politics, Facts, & Civility,” advises that classroom exchanges are most effective when there is a balance of “red voters” and “blue voters” enrolled in the course. Thus, to add power to the class, as you sign up for the course, please encourage a friend whose perspectives contrast to your own to enroll, too. Although related to the Fall 2018 course "Healing the Divide," this course will contain different content and will emphasize application. Instructors George Banziger, Ph.D., retired social psychologist and academic dean Martha McGovern, Ph. D., retired K-12 educator and Associate Professor, Emerita, WVU at Parkersburg Day Thursday Dates Sept. 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Time 3:00 - 5:00 PM Place Thomas Hall 202 Cost $30.00 Limit 50

Stock number:1001163 Price:$30.00

Withdrawals made up to one week before classes begin will receive full refund. After that, 50% will be refunded.