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Join us in discovering how to bridge the divide, Fri. Nov. 8.

The Provost's Ethics Colloquium and CSU's Center for Public Deliberation are very pleased to invite you to a panel discussion and community conversation, Beyond Partisan Politics: Bridging Divides by Overcoming Our Echo Chambers, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, November 8th in the Lory Student Center Theater.  This event is free and open to the public but requires registration

Panelists represent a diverse set of perspectives

While Joan Blades, founder of and, takes a progressive view, she advocates dialogue across difference through Living Room Conversations.

Similarly, John Gable, who works in Silicon Valley and earlier worked for Sen. Mitch McConnell, takes a conservative view, yet urges us to engage  a full range of perspectives on issues through his start-up AllSides, designed specifically to address the biases caused by “filter bubbles.” 

Pedro Silva is a USAF Veteran and trained linguist who currently serves as an Associate Minister at the First Congregational Church Boulder, UCC. He has a passion for using expansive conversational models such as Living Room Conversations to engage subjects such as race, ethnicity, and political discourse.

The speakers will engage each other, telling their stories of working to create connection across differences to diminish the filter bubbles we all so naturally inhabit. They’ll discuss the tools they have developed to support that important work. After the panel discussion, the audience will have an opportunity to participate in a Living Room Conversation. Trained student facilitators from CSU's Center for Public Deliberation will assist. Conversations will introduce strategies for respectful yet substantive exploration of differences and for considering how to overcome our echo chambers. The evening will close with a reflection on the process and a question-and-answer session with the panelists.


Lory Student Center Theater