October 19th, 10-11:30 a.m., BPL large meeting room
LIBRARY U PRESENTS: Civil Conversation in an Angry Age. Presented by David Smith, professor of philosophy and religious studies at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Washington.
At what point does a conversation become a battle? Why do some opinions inflame our emotions, leading to anger, fights, and even the end of relationships with family and friends?
Philosopher David E. Smith takes a deep look at those moments when civility breaks down. By mapping the structure of how we converse and digging into the root causes of both civility and incivility, Smith explores how we can have meaningful, respectful conversations on notoriously difficult topics like politics, religion, and morality. In our increasingly polarized political environment, Smith provides participants with the tools needed to embark upon more thoughtful, fruitful discussions.
Free ~ Refreshments provided!
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