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It can be hard to talk about difficult topics with family. The emotional stakes are higher, conversations are colored by long, deeply personal histories and it can feel easier to ‘take the gloves off’ and fight dirty, unconstrained by the politeness usually offered acquaintances. How might we hold the tension of our differences while working to repair connection and not further deepen division within our circle of family and friends? Let’s talk about it!

In this Living Room Conversation, we will prepare for difficult conversations by reflecting, listening, and sharing ideas about how to best navigate time with family & friends (who may not share our view of the world).

In this program, we will divide into small groups of 4-8 people and engage in structured dialogues designed by Living Room Conversations. The goal is to facilitate connection between people despite their differences, and even identify areas of common ground and shared understanding.

These conversations will be held on Zoom. Please register in advance, and come prepared to listen and share.

Check out our other Living Room Conversation on December 5th: History & Society


About Living Room Conversations:

Living Room Conversations is a non-profit organization founded in 2010 as a result of a transpartisan partnership focused on bridging divides through conversation. They have developed over 100 conversation guides on all sorts of topics that can otherwise be tense to talk about with friends, strangers, and even loved ones of differing backgrounds and political persuasions.

About the Facilitators:

These trained student facilitators lead Living Room Conversations at Minneapolis College.

Kate Foley (they/them): Kate Foley is a writer and community organizer living in Saint Paul. They study Community Development at Minneapolis College. They are passionate about citizen journalism, mental health advocacy, and housing justice.

Daria Kazak (she/her): “Hi! My name is Daria Kazak, my pronouns are she/her. I am an international student from Russia, studying Computer Science. I am 23 years old and already have back pain. Aside from sitting in front of a computer all day, I really like doing photography, dancing, and reading. And cherry pie. I LOVE cherry pie.”

Christian Huble (he/him): Christian is a philosophy student specializing in equity, leadership, and professional development. When not exploring the abandoned homesteads and historic main streets of greater Minnesota, he enjoys writing children’s stories and studying history.

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