After nearly a year away, the popular discussion series, Building Peace, returns to the museum calendar on February, 28 at 4 pm via Zoom.
Elizabeth Gish is a program officer at The Kettering Foundation where she works with research programs in faith and public life, higher education, and philanthropy. She brings decades of experience in community work, faith-based work, and higher education to her role at the Foundation.
Her work focuses on how everyday people can work across differences to identify common ground and act together in ways that strengthen communities and well-being.
Engaging Across Difference in Divided Times
We live in divided times when it is often difficult to know if we should engage people, cancel them, call them out, call them in, or ignore them. Sometimes it seems like if we just explain ourselves more clearly, we can be understood. Yet, many find that better data, more knowledge, or clearer arguments are not enough to bridge the divides we experience in classrooms, in our homes, neighborhoods, or families.
In this talk, we will think together about how we might interact across differences, even when people hold beliefs that we find to be problematic, wrong, and/or harmful. While there are circumstances when it absolutely makes sense to cut off contact with toxic, harmful, or disrespectful people, this talk is geared toward the situations where contact is ongoing either because we have no choice, or because we see a promise to identifying common ground or creating positive change.
The Kettering Foundation is a nonprofit operating foundation rooted in the American tradition of cooperative research. Kettering’s primary research question is, what does it take to make democracy work as it should? Kettering’s research is distinctive because it is conducted from the perspective of citizens and focuses on what people can do collectively to address problems affecting their lives, their communities, and their nation.
With the ongoing need for virtual events, the Building Peace Series will continue on Zoom every other month with a new speaker and topic. The link and registration will be posted on this site and Facebook ONE WEEK before the event. Links are limited.