Bridging the Divide: Exploring Civil Discourse and Communication Across Differences

They say our country has never been so polarized. Is that true, or is that our perception? Have we lost the ability to engage in civil discourse? What are the factors preventing us from making connections and finding common ground? What role, if any, do colleges have in facilitating meaningful dialogues?

Let’s talk about it! RCC’s Diversity Programming Board is sponsoring a common read of “I Never Thought of It That Way” by Monica Guzman, on the topic of communicating across differences. Sign up at the following link to request a free copy of the book and to be added to the mailing list for book discussions (and related events) starting fall term. Check out the flyer for more information.

In the meantime, listed below are additional resources where you can learn more as well as information about an upcoming free workshop in Medford.

About the Author

Monica Guzman is Senior Fellow for Public Practice at Braver Angels and author of “I Never Thought of It That Way: How to Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times.” She’s cofounder of The Evergrey, a former columnist at The Seattle Times, a recent fellow at Harvard’s Nieman Foundation for Journalism and the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, an immigrant and dual U.S.-Mexico citizen, and the mom of two bilingual kiddos.

Upcoming Event

“Depolarizing Within” Workshop by Braver Angels:

Resources & Opportunities for Engagement

For more information, contact Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Coordinator Lucia Bartscher at

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