Bridging the Grand Canyon: How to Connect with Someone Whose Views Contradict Your Own

Presented on: Wednesday, January 13th at 12:00 PM EST

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Speaker: Bathabile K. S. Mthombeni, JD, MS
University Ombudsman, Binghamton University

Now, more than ever, people across our nation are aware of the great divide in philosophical and political viewpoints that had been veiled from the view of a majority of people. In light of the yawning gulf that is now visible, and the accompanying distress, it is useful to have strategies available that allow for connection and civil discourse despite the differences being so significant.

In this workshop, you will learn what causes distress over political differences, how to manage the physical experience of that stress, and how that allows you to have a meaningful conversation with someone whose views are repugnant to you without losing your mind.