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Humanities Washington

Civil Conversation in an Angry Age

2019-01-12 15:00:00 2019-01-12 16:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Humanities 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? Clinton Community Hall

Saturday, January 12
3:00pm - 4:00pm

Add to Calendar 2019-01-12 15:00:00 2019-01-12 16:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Humanities 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? Clinton Community Hall

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 uncivility, 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. 

Smith holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Temple University. For the past decade he has held roles as a lecturer, assistant professor, and associate professor of philosophy and religious studies. He currently teaches at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Washington.

This is a Humanities Washington program and is supported by Friends of the Clinton Library.

AGE GROUP: | Teens | Adults |

EVENT TYPE: | Education & Lifelong Learning |

TAGS: | Humanities Washington | civility |

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6411 S. Central Avenue