‘Community Conversations: Building bridges, fostering civility’ in Peterborough Wednesday night

  • Community Conversations plan to tackle the questions "How do we build bridges rather than erect walls?" at the Monadnock Center in Peterborough Wednesday. Courtesy Photo

Published: 2/11/2020 11:16:14 PM

You are invited to join in a Community Conversation when we will examine building bridges with people who have views different from our own. How do we build bridges rather than erect walls?

We are living in divisive times. Many of us may have just spent a holiday season with family members with different views or had the awkward workplace conversation with someone whose outlook is very different from our own.

At this Community Conversation, our panel of “Conversation Sparkers” will share the ways they have built bridges and brought people together despite their differences. Then, the floor will be opened to a conversation about how we can build bridges in our personal lives, our workplaces, and our communities.

The evening’s “Sparkers” are:

Grace Aldrich, Dublin – Co-creator of the Peterborough Town Library discussion series, Talking about Race: Staying Curious, Moving Forward, and Being Part of the Solution. In 2019, Aldrich began Walking with Grace, a series of witnessing walks to immigration detention centers to end child detention and family separation.

Tom Bassarear, Keene – Founder of the Monadnock Civil Discussion Group, a bipartisan group that meets monthly in Keene and retired Keene State College professor. Bassarear is currently developing a project to foster discussion around vulnerable and marginalized people in our community.

Dennis Calcutt, Francestown – Project Director of the Monadnock Region System of Care and a Fellow in the Carsey School of Public Policy at UNH. Calcutt has more than 30 years of experience working with children with a particular interest in building community.

■Adar Cohen, Peterborough – Conversation Moderator. Across the private and public sectors Cohen has helped people have big conversations that lead to powerful results. A Harry S. Truman Scholar, a Thomas J. Watson Fellow, and a George Mitchell Scholar, Cohen holds a PhD in conflict resolution from the University of Dublin. He is a co-founder of Civic Leadership Foundation, which has achieved life-changing outcomes for over 20,000 at-risk youth.

Community Conversations are free and all are welcome!

Community Conversations is a series that explores many of the issues impacting our communities. And are created through a partnership between the Monadnock Center for History and Culture and the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript. Conversations feature local experts talking about challenges faced by our communities. Some issues are global in nature, but each conversation is designed to examine the topic from a local perspective. The program provides residents with the opportunity to learn more about issues impacting their communities, to engage in a civil dialog with speakers and with each other, and foster change and im prove ment.

Join Community Conversations: ‘How do we build bridges?’ Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the Monadnock Center in Peterborough at 7 p.m.


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