THE POWER OF CONVERSATION
An invitational symposium and project launch
at Columbia University in New York City
Thursday, July 10, 2014, Noon – 5:00 pm.
Columbia University main campus (Location to be announced)
FREE (by invitation as below)
Light lunch will be provided.
To apply please complete the application available at our Eventbright page – http://www.eventbrite.com/e/application-to-the-power-of-conversation-invitational-symposium-tickets-11521285475.
The goals of this symposium and project launch are to:
* Advance our understanding of the power of conversation as both a personal and a public good – its myriad roles in our lives, and its benefits and limitations.
* Strengthen the network of theorists, researchers and practitioners in fields such as Dialogue and Deliberation, Civic Discourse, and Conversation Studies.
* Stimulate more and better conversations among New Yorkers, through innovative policies and practices including a pilot project, Conversations New York (www.conversationsnewyork.com).
The symposium agenda will:
* Celebrate the crucial role of conversation in inspiring friendship, civic discourse, and critical and creative thinking.
* Explore the robust tradition of conversation, from the Athenian Agora to MeetUp
* Probe the causes and consequences of the current ‘retreat from conversation’ attributed to digital media and social networking
* Honor current programs to strengthen conversation.
* Share techniques for conducting more meaningful, deeper conversations.
* Develop and disseminate an Action Agenda.
The Symposium will itself be a conversation, impelled by “stem-winders” who will kick-start the discussion of the major issues. Among them will be Judith E. Glaser, author of Conversational Intelligence; Sondra Meyers, author of Democracy is a Discussion: Civic Engagement in Old and New Democracies; and President Robert Scott of Adelphi University — as well as street-level conversational activists who are sparking Pop-up Salons in pizza parlors and the atriums of Madison Avenue skyscrapers.
Attendance: Applications will be reviewed as received by the conference organizing committee and invitations sent on a rolling basis until June 15th. The Committee is committed to diversity and commitment to encouraging more and better conversations among New Yorkers. For additional information, contact Conference Co-chair: Ronald Gross, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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