Talking Across Difference

Feb. 13, 20, 27, Mar. 5, 19 and April 2
1:30 to 4:00 pm
Almonte Public Library
155 High Street


Registration for this course is now closed.

How can we have conversations that bring us together?

Conflict in communities, families and among friends seems increasingly visible and the resulting separations can be painful.

Would you like more skills for engaging in difficult conversations? This winter in Almonte there is an opportunity to expand your capacity to listen and engage across differences in a six-week program being held at the Almonte Branch of the Mississippi Mills Public Library.

Many of us were raised in families and communities where disagreements were pushed under the rug, or the “answer” imposed by a parent or community leader. Being able to engage in conversations from different points of view without ending up making the situation worse is a skill that is desperately needed in our communities today.

The facilitator, Deborah Conners (she/her), teaches community engagement and social justice courses in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Carleton University, having earned a mid-career PhD in 2016 and an earlier Masters in Conflict Studies. Her courses, based on several decades in community development and consulting work, take a “learning together” approach to frame a dynamic learning experience.

Each week covers a different topic, building one on the other. Through readings, mini lectures, scenarios, roleplays and experiences, we will explore ways to support conversations to move in positive directions.