We’re discussing discourse – join us!

We're looking for Nebraskans who have demonstrated civil discourse among groups of family, friends, or co-workers – and who can share with others how it's done.

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We’re looking for Nebraskans who have demonstrated civil discourse among groups of family, friends, or co-workers – and who can share with others how it’s done.

In March, Civic Nebraska will partner with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Nebraska U. on a civil discourse initiative for OLLI participants. The two-session course will highlight stories of Americans with opposing viewpoints investigating their differences and discovering the concerns and experiences that lie behind each other’s positions.

The first session will offer an online screening of the short film PURPLE, which Civic Nebraska has screened for different communities and groups with facilitated discussions since early 2022. Filmed in rural Wisconsin and Iowa — in a swing region within two bordering swing states — PURPLE models a rare, mediated conversation that uplifts and inspires even while going toward the heat of passionate political differences.

The second session will feature community members who have put politics aside to rekindle friendships or have gathered with those with different backgrounds and ideologies and had meaningful discussions. And we’ll address barriers to engaging in civil discourse and provide suggestions based on personal experiences.

Does this sound like something you might want to help us with? Join us in building a stronger civic life in Nebraska by being a part of the conversation. For more information on how to participate in the second session in late March, those contact Nancy Petitto, director of civic health programs, at nancy.petitto@civicnebraska.org. Thanks!

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