Building Alliances to Depolarize America: The College at Brockport

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Building Alliances to Depolarize America

February 27, 2019 2:00 pm

The American Democracy Project is thrilled to bring Better Angels to campus on Wednesday, February 27. The organization has been featured in the NY Times for its work finding common ground to end polarization in America.

In December of 2016, 10 Trump supporters and 11 Clinton supporters gathered in South Lebanon, Ohio, in what became the first Better Angels Red/Blue Workshop. The goal was to see if they could respectfully disagree and find any common ground. Since then, the citizens’ organization, which has been featured in the New York Times and on ABC, CBS, CNN, and numerous others, has sought to depolarize American and bring people together from all sides of the aisle to engage in meaningful dialogue.

The American Democracy Project is pleased to announce that on Wednesday, February 27, Better Angels is coming to Brockport! We invite members of campus and the surrounding community to join us as we look for common ground and ways to work together with two unique events:

Skills Training Workshop

2 – 4:30 pm, College Union TBD, Pre-Registration Required - use the link below

Looking to build your skills interacting with people on the other side of the political spectrum? This highly interactive workshop will:

• Provide you with the knowledge of what it takes to have constructive, non-polarizing conversations between people who disagree politically.

• Give you the chance to practice the skills to have these conversations.

• Motivate you to have these conversations with people in your social network.

Understanding Polarization in America

6:30 pm – 8 pm, McCue Auditorium, Liberal Arts Building

Research shows that there is a growing divide between the values of Democrats and Republicans, coupled with a increasing animosity against members of the opposite political party. During this session, members of Better Angels will share information about polarization, the unintended consequences, how the organization is bringing people together and ways individuals can work to repair this divide in their own social networks.



Kim Piatt, co-chair of the American Democracy Project,

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