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How to Talk with Friends & Family Across Political Divides


Adult Enrichment / Wellness & Life -
Fall 2022

Political differences can damage relationships—but it doesn’t have to be this way. How do we maintain or rebuild respect with family, friends, and colleagues who hold very different views from ours? Join this interactive workshop to learn useful models of engaging in difficult conversations. In a safe space, we’ll go over a variety of scenarios and have plenty of time to practice and gain effective skills for these encounters. Topics will include why rapport might be broken and how to build it back up, how to defuse tension and change the tone, and how to identify and avoid trigger words. We’ll also talk about moral foundations and how they can differ between political parties, and learn about groups that are working to repair relationships across the political divide. 

Christopher Ellinger

Christopher Ellinger, director of True Story Theater, is a trainer, presenter and award-winning author. For over 10 years, he has co-led active bystander intervention trainings at universities, civic agencies, non-profit organizations, human rights commissions, and for the public. 

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WE-Political Divides

  Christopher Ellinger


Gibbs School
Thu Nov 3 & Thu Nov 17
7:00 - 8:30 PM

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Price: $ 39 00