Have you ever tried to discuss a heated topic and found that rather than “bridging the gulf,” voices are reflexively raised and the gulf significantly widens? Conversation is an art form that can be strained in the best of times but especially when the topic is controversial. Joel Green’s new workshop, “The Difficult Discussion Series- Discussions We Should and Need to Have but Don’t” seeks to give us the opportunity to develop and practice this art form.
The series will be held at the Peterborough Town Library on October 22 and 29th and in November on the 5th and the 19th at 6:30pm. (Note that the group will not meet on Veteran’s Day.)
The Difficult Discussion Series is designed to foster conversations that are more thoughtful and more respectful, and to begin to understand how we can create the power to change the things that disturb us.
Some of the topics that will be discussed include:
- How do we define crimes against humanity? What are human rights and how do they apply to different populations?
- What do we need to teach in our public schools; what are we teaching, and why?
- Social Services—do they actually solve social problems?
- Racism—are we post-racial or not?
The program is free, but registration is requested. Pleased sign up at the library or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joel Green has been a resident of Peterborough, New Hampshire for the last 30 years. He has had a career of more than thirty-five years in the art of helping, serving in leadership and clinical roles in non-profit organizations providing services for people with disabilities, the homeless, those who suffer from mental illness, veterans and people living in poverty. He has also been a college instructor for more than thirty years, currently on the faculty of Granite State College where he teaches psychology and sociology courses.