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Whether on the right or left of the political spectrum, people don’t feel free to express themselves for fear of being censored, shamed, boycotted, or accused of cultural appropriation. This workshop explores the cultural phenomena of political correctness from its well-intentioned beginnings to how it created a huge fault line in our communities and across our country. We’ll discover how people feel and discuss whether it’s been a success — or not. We’ll examine helpful strategies and offer expert advice and reflective tools. The goal is to bring people from “both sides” of the issue together to find consilience and see that there is a sweet spot in the middle where mutual understanding can be cultivated. Polarization does not bring about effective change; working together with mutual respect and compassion does. Learn how.

Marla Estes is a long-time Ashland resident and founder of School of the Examined Life, where she teaches classes about personal psychology using film and discussion. Since the 2016 election she has partnered with Rob Schläpfer BRIDGING THE DIVIDE through talks, movies, and workshops that promote critical thinking, viewpoint diversity, and post-partisan conversations.

Rob Schläpfer is a former Evangelical pastor, professor, and publisher. He created THE WEEKLY TALK to bring folks together from differing worldviews to explore important issues and promote deliberative democracy. He founded ReEnlight Inc. to rebuild spiritual and intellectual insight through science-based education.

Date & Time: 3:30-5:00pm Friday, April 27

Venue: Trinity Episcopal Church

FREE – click “Get Tickets” button to register for this workshop today!