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Bridging Divisions: Complexity, Curiosity and Compassion   

The purpose of this study group is to learn how to reduce behaviors and attitudes which further the partisan division in our country. In past groups, we have gotten better at minimizing our stereotyping, dismissing, ridiculing and contempt and gained a better understanding of the “other side”. Interestingly our views have not changed much. We have felt hope in this endeavor and have applied the concepts especially to family where such divisions have been so painful. We study the rapidly growing research designed to reduce polarization and apply the techniques to topics chosen by the group using current articles for reference. Come join us. Warning: This study group is not meant to replace political action and advocacy when illiberal forces threaten to undermine (yet again) the United States democratic project.

Dennis Muzzi is a retired social worker and former part-time faculty. He has been studying ways to change the tone of our high conflict, fractured public-square. This has included recent study groups for OLLI and joining Braver Angels, a national organization working to reduce polarization, where he is trained as an organizer and studying to be a moderator.

  • Bridging Divisions: Complexity, Curiosity and Compassion
  • Fee: $42.00
    Item Number: OLLOOSG22031
    Dates: 3/13/2024 - 4/17/2024
    Times: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Days: W
    Sessions: 6
    Building: Washtenaw Community College
    Instructor: Dennis Muzzi
    REGISTRATION FOR THIS CLASS IS CLOSED. This class is already in session.
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