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“Talking with Family About the Election”

Away from the university, our family and friends often talk about issues differently than what we experience in our on-campus discussions.

After this election, some people headed off campus for the Thanksgiving holiday may have concerns about what to say to people who have fundamentally different viewpoints on a variety of issues.

Can we use simple words to have deep conversations about complex issues? How do we decide whom to trust with our feelings? How can we disengage gracefully when a conversation starts to go bad?

Students, faculty and staff are invited to an event titled “Talking With Family About the Election” to discuss these questions. The program will be offered today (Nov. 21) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Hovorka Atrium. Attendees can stop by any time from 5 to 8 p.m. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

Faculty speakers will include:

  • Margaretmary Daly, associate professor of German;
  • Sue Hinze, associate professor of sociology;
  • Emmitt Jolly, associate professor of biology;
  • Harsh Mathur, professor of physics;
  • Patricia Princehouse, senior research associate in evolutionary biology;
  • Jonathan Sadowsky, the Theodore J. Castele Professor and associate professor in history
  • Renee Sentilles, associate professor of history; and
  • Glenn Starkman, Distinguished University Professor in physics.

The Institute for the Science of Origins, the Baker Nord Center for the Humanities and the Office of the Provost will sponsor this event.