through Civil Discourse
The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan is pleased to partner with the Kent District Library on a three-part series that explores ways to make our community one that’s characterized by civility and respect for all.
Wyoming Branch, Kent District Library
3350 Michael Ave. SW, Wyoming, MI 49409
Public invited. No reservations needed.
Free admission. Free parking.
Tuesday, April 10:
“Searching for a Reconfigured ‘We the People’:
Embracing Counter Narratives for Just and Civil Discourse”
David Hooker, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
University of Notre Dame
In a period of polarized political discourse, are there ways to share our stories and hear the stories of others that support more inclusive communities? David Anderson Hooker, a community builder with more than 30 years experience all across the globe will initiate a conversation that allows participants to wrestle with these issues. Audience members will come away with tools to engage more civilly.
Tuesday, April 17:
“The Loss of American Consensus:
Were We Better Off with the Cold War and
without the Internet?”
Jack Lessenberry, Michigan Radio
Jack Lessenberry is a journalist at Michigan radio with nearly forty years of experience in every medium from newspapers to the internet. He covered the Soviet Union and arms control issues long ago, and looks at how and why what we had in common eroded -- and suggests ways in which we could get a sense of community back, using media literacy as a starting point.
Tuesday, April 24:
“Portraits of American Muslims:
Civility in a Pluralistic Community”
Sarrah Buageila, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding
When nearly half of all Americans do not know a Muslim and 80 percent of news coverage about Islam and Muslims in the U.S. is negative, is it any wonder that conversations about this group are contentious, fractious, and often uncivil? Sarrah Buageila, researcher for the Muslims for American Progress Project, sheds light on Muslim Americans in Michigan, pairing hard facts with human faces.