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2022/1/12 - Why Can't We Talk to One Another?

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2022/1/12 - Why Can't We Talk to One Another?
By Helaine Winer
Posted: 2022-01-14T01:20:26Z

To learn more about the topic, Why Can't We Talk With One Another?, Dr. Carolyn Lukensmeyer has provided the following resources below. Each title is a live link to the topic described.

Power Point Presentation used by Dr. Lukensmeyer in her presentation.

It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism . An Audiobook or Kindle book by Norm Ornstein and Tom Mann.

The Way Out by Peter Coleman offers insights from leading research on how deeply divided societies can and do change.

Our Common Purpose: Reinventing American Democracy for the 21st Century explores how to respond to the vulnerabilities in our political and civic life and enable more Americans to participate as effective citizens in a diverse 21st-century democracy.

Listening with Empathy and Humility is a video module from the Engaging Differences program of National Institute of Civil Discourse, featuring host Katie Couric and a diverse group of everyday Americans sharing their experiences and tips on how to engage differences constructively.

Why the Brain Follows: The Science of Us vs. Them is an article in the Scientific American, originally published in The Conversation, about the science behind the answer to the question, Is there something in our neural circuits that leads us to find comfort in those like us and unease with those who may differ? By Louise Henderson, June 22, 2018. Also the same topic is covered in a webinar recording of Dr. Terry Wu for League of Women Voters/National Institute of Civil Discourse Network on the neuroscience research of how the brain works; insights into why we look at the world through the lens of Us vs. Them; and, how can we bring Us and Them together.

National Institute of Civil Discourse offers a variety of resources on civil dialogue, reducing the spread of disinformation and building trust within our democracy. Sign up to join the network.

The Bridging Divide Initiative of Princeton University is a nonpartisan research initiative that tracks and mitigates political violence in the United States.

Divided We Fall is a documentary that reveals ordinary people wrestling with what it truly means to be an American, the divides that prevent unity, and what we can do to bridge the gaps.

Chalkbeat is a nonprofit news organization committed to covering effort to improve schools for all children.

ICivics is an equitable, non-partisan civic education organization working to ensure that the practice of democracy is learned by each new generation.

Educating for American Democracy is a call to action to invest in strengthening history and civic learning, and to ensure that civic learning opportunities are delivered equitably throughout the country.


Register to attend January 19th at 1 PM (ET) Democracy, Disinformation and Distrust: Building Capacity to Impact Mis-/Dis-information, sponsored by the League of Women Voters Civil Discourse Network.

Register to attend January 20 at 12:00 (ET) Democracy Summit with the 92nd Y.