Books of the Year talk, 'Changing Minds in a Divided World: The Art of Strategic Dialogue'

by UAA/APU Books of the Year  |   

UAA/APU Books of the Year, Difficult Dialogues Initiative and the Center for Community Engagement & Learning invite you to:

Changing Minds in a Divided World: The Art of Strategic Dialogue

Thursday, Sept. 30, 2:30–3:45 p.m. | To join, see Zoom information below.

A talk by Justin Lee, author of UAA Book of the Year, Talking Across the Divide: How to Communicate with People You Disagree with & Maybe Even Change the World.

In a world divided by political and social issues, how do you get people on the other side to listen to you? Join us virtually as author Justin Lee will discuss the psychological principles behind people’s resistance to new ideas and share simple, proven strategies for discussing controversial issues without losing friends.

Speaker biography
For more than 20 years, Justin Lee has been known for navigating divisive issues with thoughtfulness and nuance. His book Talking Across the Divide is being used as a textbook in college classrooms to teach students how to navigate areas of disagreement. He began his work in the 90s as a spokesperson for Bridges Across the Divide, an organization fostering dialogue across lines of disagreement about sexual orientation. In 2001, he founded a faith-based nonprofit to adapt these conversations for Christian faith communities, where he became internationally prominent for helping families stay together despite differing views on LGBTQ issues. He has co-hosted three podcasts, founded two successful nonprofit organizations, and been featured in numerous media outlets, including The New York Times, Dr. Phil, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, and NPR’s All Things Considered. Check out more at GeekyJustin.com.

For more information, contact Libby Roderick, Difficult Dialogues Initiative, at eroderick@alaska.edu.

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