Luther College hosts a skills workshop with Better Angels

Luther College will host a Better Angels Skills Workshop in Koren Hall in room 217 from 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. The event, open to the public with no charge for admission, will be moderated by Bill Doherty and a Luther Professor. Participants are asked to register by emailing [email protected] by 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30.

Doherty is the co-founder of Better Angels, a bipartisan citizens' initiative founded in 2016 with the goal of working towards depolarizing our political discourse. He is a professor, the director of the marriage and family therapy program in the department of family social science, and an adjunct professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota.

This event is meant to help communities learn to communicate constructively even if they are split politically. Doherty will lead the participants through a variety of exercises designed to foster and improve skills for communicating more effectively, even with people on the other side of the political divide. These skills will be practiced in the workshop.

Luther College Center for Ethics and Public Engagement connected with Better Angels after learning about them at the Peace Prize Forum in 2017 where Better Angels hosted a workshop with a mix of Augsburg and University of Minnesota students.

Better Angels works to bring liberals and conservatives together into a working alliance, building new ways to talk to each other, participate in public life and influence the direction of the nation. The group seeks to understand opposing political points of view, look for common ground and support principles that bring people together and foster productive conversation.

This workshop is sponsored by the Luther College Center of Ethics and Public Engagement.

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