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Speaking and Listening Across Political Differences

Date: January 19, 2006 PST

Graduate School of Education and Counseling
Center for Continuing and Professional Studies

Open Spaces: Speaking and Listening Across Political Differences
Free Public Forums: Thursday, January 19, 7:00pm; Thursday, March 9, 7:00pm
Seminars: Second Thursdays: January 12, February 9, 5:30pm.

The Graduate School invites all members of the Lewis & Clark College community to participate in free public forums and ongoing discussions with Open Spaces: Speaking and Listening Across Political Differences and Missing Pieces & Whole Stories Conversation Series

The Oregon Center for Inquiry and Social Innovation offers Open Spaces: Speaking and Listening across Political Differences to provide open and respectful opportunities for discussion of political topics among community members who voted differently in the last presidential election.

With the generous collaboration of community leaders from both sides of the discussion, our series began with an evening forum on September 29, 2005. Sharing commitment to speak honestly in support of community in exchange for the provision of neutral space for discussion, eight leaders participated in a dialogue with each other to descriptively identify areas of agreement, disagreement, and misunderstanding.

Students enrolled for Continuing Education or graduate credit now may participate in seminar sessions through February to discuss and establish relationships across political differences. Course participants’ experiences and learning will lead to a second free public event to be held January 19, 2006, and a third on March 9, 2006.

For more information please contact the Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling, and the
Oregon Center for Inquiry and Social Innovation, 503.768.6099.

Missing Pieces & Whole Stories Conversation Series
First Thursdays: February 2, March 2, April 6
Noon, Brown Bag Lunch, South Campus Conference Center

Every first Thursday of the month at noon, the Oregon Center for Inquiry and Social Innovation will help give new meaning to the words “ripped from the headlines,” by sponsoring conversations on matters of deep social concern. Topics and speakers will be drawn from current headlines, old headlines, course topics and pertinent local, national and global issues. Over brown bags in the South Campus Commons, members of the regional community will share their – often previously unheard – pieces of the story. Counselors, teachers, students and the public may enter these free monthly conversations to learn ways of recognizing and responding well to what many of us may have been missing.

For further information, please contact The Oregon Center for Inquiry & Social Innovation–503 768-6099, orcenter@lclark.edu.



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