December 5, 2017 –
The Project for Amhest Area Civil Conversation (PAACC)
Talking Across the Political Divide:
A Conversation Between
Former Democratic State Rep. Ellen Story
Current Republican State Rep. Todd Smola
Moderated by Dr. Steve Brown,
PAACC Organizer and Local Psychologist
Date: Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Location: Bangs Community Center, Amherst, MA, Room 101
Political discourse in America is increasingly polarized. It’s getting harder to have civil conversations with people who have differences in their political views. People find that both social and work relationships are fractured by the inability to talk across the political divide – and people of divergent political views doubt the ability of our elected officials to work together and find common ground.
PAACC has been exploring a variety of methods and skills for advancing civil conversations between people with political differences. Among these have been skills that support conducting one-on-one interviews and facilitating group dialogue.
Can we learn something about bridging from our elected officials? Modeled after the NPR program “On Being” and their Civil Conversations Project, this event is a moderated conversation between two elected officials. It will explore their experiences, processes, and methods for bridging differences and accomplishing the work of government.
Questions? Linda Terry (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Gail Perlman (email@example.com)
PAACC Steering Committee: Norma Akamatsu - Steve Brown - Paula Green – Ruth Henderson – Gail Perlman – Linda Terry