Red – Blue Dialogue

Red – Blue Dialogue

Friday - 11:00am

First Class: 1/13/23

Last Class: 3/3/23


Instructor: William R (Bill) Caspary

Ph.D. Political Science, Northwestern U. 1968.
(also M.S. Physics, U. of Chicago. 1960).
Professor of Political Science Washington U. 1965 – 1999.
Gallatin School at NYU. 1999 – present.
Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Gallatin School.
Distinguished Career Award, American Political Science Association, Ecological and Transformational Politics Section.
Dewey On Democracy, Cornell U. Press, 2000, and scholarly journal articles.

Course Description

Do you hold strong political views but are distressed by the difficulty of speaking across ideological differences? This course offers a structured method for constructive conversation in which we learn from our varied views, and grow to appreciate that the other is our fellow citizen, not the enemy. The conversational structure is based upon well established methods of Nonviolent Communication, Public Conversation, and “Braver Angels” dialogue. Participants will pledge to listen actively, to share their own views, and not seek to correct or convert the other. The instructor brings experience in facilitating dialogue, and also political science analysis of the issues.

Course limit: 20 active participants. Ideally would like a balance of ten “red” and ten “blue” participants. Open to more people as observers.

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