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Join us for a live demonstration of Braver Angels co-founder, Bill Doherty, Ph.D., an expert on the family dynamics of political difference, as he helps loved ones divided by politics learn new tools for connecting and communicating.
Bill will interview two people (couple, siblings, parent and adult child, close friends, etc.) who will demonstrate how their discussions about politics usually proceed. Bill will then coach them on a Braver Angels approach and they will repeat the conversation using these new skills. Afterwards, a “reflecting team” of two red and two blue Braver Angels will comment on what they observed and learned from the experience. The goal is to help the participating pair and the audience learn better ways to manage their political differences for the sake of their relationships. We hope it helps our country as well!
The once-a-decade process of redrawing House of Representatives districts is underway, following the U.S. census results. Texas and Florida will gain more seats while California, New York, and Ohio are expected to lose seats. The shift would mean losing three congressional seats from states that President Joe Biden won in 2020, potentially giving an advantage to Republicans heading into the midterm elections. Republicans need just five seats to take control.
How is redistricting done? Who gets to decide? Is the process partisan? What should be done, if anything, to improve how political districts are formed? How does the Voting Rights Acts play into the drawing of districts?
Benjamin Ginsberg – Election Lawyer; Former National Counsel for Bush-Cheney Presidential Campaigns
Christian Grose – Associate Professor of Political Science and Policy, USC Dornsife & Sol Price School of Public Policy
Michael Li – Senior Counsel for Democracy Program, NYU Brennan Center for Justice
Gloria Molina – Fall ’21 Fellow, Center for the Political Future; Former CA Assemblywoman; LA County Supervisor
Robert Shrum (Moderator) – Director, Center for the Political Future; Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics, USC Dornsife
Mike Murphy (Moderator) – Co-Director, Center for the Political Future; NBC Political Analyst
This conversation is part of our Bully Pulpit podcast series. When President Theodore Roosevelt coined the phrase bully pulpit, bully meant “wonderful;” and Roosevelt, according to the Oxford Dictionary, was envisioning “an outstanding opportunity to speak out on any issue.” Every exchange is guided by standards central to the Center’s mission: Respect each other and respect the truth. Opponents are adversaries, not enemies. And if you lose, don’t burn down the stadium.
We will discuss the Frank Capra classic 1939 film: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.
Join us for an #AlleloThursday Roundtable on balancing students’ digital lives and their physical health.
We’ll be joined for an important conversation by author and scholar Dr. Danielle Allen to talk about her thesis — that the Declaration of Independence means just as much for political equality as it does for individual liberty — in her book “Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality.”
Learn more about Dr. Allen and “Our Declaration” here: https://wwnorton.com/books/Our-Declaration/
You’ll receive an email from Eventbrite with your Zoom link, however if you have any difficulty please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Then all you need to do is bring yourself on September 30 at 7 p.m. EST!
Free Introduction and Orientation to Empathy Circle Facilitation Training: Come learn and practice the Empathy Circle process for addressing challenging topics. An Empathy Circle is a structured dialogue process based on Active and Empathic Listening that effectively supports meaningful and constructive dialogue
An Empathy Circle increases mutual understanding and connection by ensuring that each person feels fully heard to their satisfaction. The practice is the most effective gateway practice for learning, practicing and deepening listening and empathy skills, as well as nurturing an empathic way of being. The practice supports team and community building, personal and emotional support, conflict mediation, creativity and innovation.
Drop in: No Registration Needed: Just click on the Zoom link to join.
Zoom Room: https://zoom.us/j/9896109339
In Preparation see the How to Empathy Circle instructions before attending. http://bit.ly/EC-How
Empathy Circle https://www.empathycircle.com/
- What is an Empathy Circle? http://bit.ly/EC-WhatIs
- Why Participate? http://bit.ly/EC-Benefits
- How to Empathy Circle? http://bit.ly/EC-How
- Empathy Circle Facilitator Training https://bit.ly/ECCOURSE
Questions to: EdwinRutsch@gmail.com
See you there.
“This rocks!! I really enjoyed this, it was like “Ok, I’m not going to be attacked. They are actually listening. I’m not going to be afraid to bring up topics because that is what we are here for, is to talk about these hot topic buttons and to get responses.”
― Kristie M Gordon
“I felt my heart opened up to embrace the diversity and uniqueness we all bring to the table. Empathy Circle really works. ”
― Nilang Gor
“I was just so happy with how smooth and comfortable it felt. It is not like those usual conversations where there is so much anger and emotion. We were actually able to talk about these issues and I just wish this could happen more in some of those smaller arenas where people are trying to have those conversations with maybe their family or friends. I wish this could be replicated more out in the country.”
― Sam Kifer