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Depolarize America: Starting with Yourself and the People on Your Own Side

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Rochester Public Library Auditorium

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Rochester, MN 55904

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Learn the discipline of non-polarizing attitudes and words about the political “Other” with whom we share a national past and future

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A BETTER ANGELS WORKSHOP

Depolarizing America: Starting with Yourself and the People on Your Own Side

We may live in the most divisive time since the 1850's. In this presentation you will see how people with very different political viewpoints can come to understand one another beyond stereotypes and find common ground. You will learn a couple of specific skills for talking with loved ones on the other political side. And you will have a chance to link up with the Better Angels local and national effort to show how we can have sharp political differences without denigrating and demonizing one another.

Much of today’s epidemic of toxic polarization is driven by how we talk with like-minded people about those on the other side. Too often we stereotype, dismiss, or ridicule our fellow citizens who support the other political party, its leaders, and its policies. Political conflict and stereotyping have always been around but were less problematic when people interacted more outside their own silos. Nowadays, people on the other side have become not just strangers but enemies. How we talk among ourselves about them fuels fires that threaten our democracy.

What if we learn the discipline of non-polarizing attitudes and words about the political “Other” with whom we share a national past and future?

This workshop will:

  • Help you become more aware of polarization inside us and between us
  • Teach you skills for being critical—even sharply critical—without demonizing, dismissing, and stereotyping
  • Help you learn how to intervene in a constructive way in social conversations that veer into contempt and ridicule for people who hold other political views

Presenter: Bill Doherty, PhD is a University of Minnesota Professor of Family Social Science and marriage and family therapist.

This Better Angels Workshop is brought to you in partnership with:

League of Women Voters I The Greater Rochester Rotary I Rochester Public Library I Rochester Rotary Risers I Assisi Heights Spirituality Center

For more information, contact Michon Rogers at mizrogers@gmail.com

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