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Can We Talk? It is possible for us to disagree with grace again.

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Queens University of Charlotte

1900 Selwyn Avenue

Charlotte, NC 28207

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How can we stop talking past one another and start making conversations about our differences useful again? This forum is for all people who treasure that distinctly American tradition.

The North Carolina Humanities Council with Queens University of Charlotte presents this two-part forum where audiences will learn how to make conversational conflict useful, rather than toxic. This forum is free and open to the public but registration is required to attend.



EVENT 1: LECTURE

Thursday, March 14, 2019 from 7:00-9:00 PM at Belk Chapel, Queens University

Noted journalist and author Amanda Ripley explains how she discovered her own shortcomings in conversations about polarizing issues during this lecture. She believes all Americans can do a better job listening -- and being heard. Psychologists, mediators and diplomats find ways to make conflict useful. You can, too. Lecture will be followed by a light reception.

Address: Belk Chapel, 2234 Radcliffe Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28207

Parking: Parking on the street is permissible as marked. Parking (below) is also available on campus, but you must display A PARKING PASS. AFTER REGISTERING, PRINT AND DISPLAY BEFORE ARRIVAL. Parking is not guaranteed.

(1) North Parking Deck at 2217 Wellesley Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28207

(2) Harris Parking Lot at 1830 Queens Road, Charlotte, NC 28207



EVENT 2: LUNCHEON AND WORKSHOPS

Friday, March 15, 2019 from 12:00- 4:30 PM

Experience for yourself how the principles of conflict mediation can help you talk through polarizing issues in ways that revive curiosity and advance understanding. During lunch, Amanda Ripley will join a panel of local and national experts who have seen these principles at work in politics, journalism, religion and social justice. After, audiences will attend facilitator-led workshops offering practical techniques that participants can take and use immediately, tailored to that group’s role in public life.In the afternoon, workshops will merge and participants will reconvene to discuss their findings.

Please self-identify yourself during registration as to which workshop you wish to attend. Workshop groups are as follows: Concerned citizens; Civic and business leaders; Public officials; Media professionals; and Students.

Luncheon Address: Myers Park Baptist Church, 1900 Queens Rd, Charlotte, NC 28207

Workshop Address: Queens University of Charlotte, 1900 Selwyn Ave, Charlotte, NC 28207

Please note: There is a short walk required between the luncheon venue and the workshop venue(s).

Parking: Parking on the street is permissible as marked. Parking (below) is also available on campus, but you must display A PARKING PASS. AFTER REGISTERING, PRINT AND DISPLAY BEFORE ARRIVAL. Parking is not guaranteed.

(1) North Parking Deck at 2217 Wellesley Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28207


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For questions or special assistant contact Megan Byrd at mbyrd@nchumanities.org or 704-687-1520.

Who can attend? Anyone who respects the distinctly American tradition of listening to others with an opposite point of view.

Is it free? Admission is free, but seating is limited and registration is required.

What if I can only attend one of the events? No problem! You may register for Event 1 (Thursday, March 14), Event 2 (Friday, March 15) or Full Event (Thursday March 14 and Friday, March 15).

Where do I park? Parking on the street is permissible as marked. Parking is also available on campus, but you must display A PARKING PASS. Please print the required parking pass and display in your car prior to entering both events. Parking is not guaranteed. By registering for this event you assume responsibility for your vehicle and any towing or parking related issues. Please note, a short walk may be required from parking to event locations.


Why is the North Carolina Humanities Council organizing this event? The North Carolina Humanities Council is dedicated to exploring and celebrating our state’s heritage, history and people. As part of their 2018-2019 special program initiative, "Journalism and Media Literary" the Council is organizing events across the state that highlight the role media and journalism have in our democracy. This event is made possible in part by the Soultions Journalism Network, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Federation for State Humanities Councils.

About the North Carolina Humanities Council: The North Carolina Humanities Council is a statewide, nonpartisan nonprofit. It is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The North Carolina Humanities Council serves North Carolina with engaging program and event experiences in the humanities. To learn more visit www.nchumanities.org.


Note: By registering for this event(s) you assume responsibility for your vehicle and any towing, parking and navigation related issues. By registering for this event(s) you consent for your photograph to be taken and publicized.

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