“When did you know?” – Conversation One TODAY Jan 16, 2019

It’s a question we often ask people we think of as “minorities.” “When did you first realize you were [queer/black/differently abled/atheist] different”? Of course, we’re all different.  We just forget how hard we worked when we were young to hide it.  Could sharing our stories – about realizing something that made us different or weird and how we hid it from the world – draw us all a little closer together?  (I promise to share at least one of my own 😉

Conversation One

Wednesday, Jan 16, @ 4:30 PM [Late arrivals/early departures are welcome!]

Soujourner Truth Library Conference Room (M39)

EVERYONE is welcome to join in the Conversation: staff/faculty, students, community members. Any religion, or no religion, any political affiliation, or none.  No special expertise needed.

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Heart of the Beholder – Conversation One TODAY, Dec 19, 2018

If beauty is the quality in a person that shines a light on the goodness of others, and looks always for the best in the people around it, then many beautiful people pass among us unnoticed and unremarked.  Could we use this last Conversation One of the year to refresh in ourselves this more healing definition of beauty? Would you share a story of someone you’ve known whose beauty wasn’t the magazine cover kind, but made those around them better and more beautiful in turn?

Conversation One
Wednesday, December 19 @ 4:30 PM
[Late arrivals/early departures are welcome!]
Sojourner Truth Library Conference Room (M39)

EVERYONE is welcome to join in the Conversation: staff/faculty, students, community members. Any religion, or no religion, any political affiliation, or none.  No special expertise needed.

Come prepared to listen generously and with a willingness to learn.  Our goal is to speak from our lived experience, and to be mindful of the feelings of others.  More detail in our Mission and Values.

Today’s topic is just a suggestion.  You are always welcome to bring whatever is challenging, or hurting, or encouraging you in your life.

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Is your normal someone else’s “interesting”? – Conversation One TODAY, Wed, Dec 5, 2018

Last week’s discussion jumped off from one person’s concern about ways that ethnic minorities, particularly East Asian people, are fetishized in others’ imaginations.  Have you ever felt that just by being yourself you were “exotic” or “interesting” to someone else? Is that always a bad thing?

That’s just one possible topic – you’re strongly encouraged to bring your own.

Conversation One Wednesday, December 5 @ 4:30 PM

[Late arrivals/early departures are welcome!]

Sojourner Truth Library Conference Room (M39)

EVERYONE is welcome to join in the Conversation: staff/faculty, students, community members. Any religion, or no religion, any political affiliation, or none.  No special expertise needed.

Come prepared to listen generously and with a willingness to learn.  Our goal is to speak from our lived experience, and to be mindful of the feelings of others.  More detail in our Mission and Values.

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Impasse – Conversation One TODAY, Wed, Nov 27, 2018

A man I respect and I differ on protests during the National Anthem. We debated, respectfully, then we parted. Neither, I think, persuaded the other. Yet we remained (I hope) mutually respectful.  Do you get tired of just talking (esp. at Thanksgiving dinner)? Feel like no one is listening, or you don’t have the right words? Want to discuss?

Conversation One
Wednesday, November 27, @ 4:30 PM [Late arrivals/early departures are welcome!], 
Soujourner Truth Library Conference Room (M39)

EVERYONE is welcome to join in the Conversation: staff/faculty, students, community members. Any religion, or no religion, any political affiliation, or none.  No special expertise needed.

Come prepared to listen generously and with a willingness to learn.  Our goal is to speak from our lived experience, and to be mindful of the feelings of others.  More detail in our Mission and Values.

“Today’s Topic” is just a suggestion.  You are always welcome to bring whatever is challenging, or hurting, or encouraging you in your life.

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How do we stay? – Conversation One, TODAY, Nov 14, 2018

On the College Council’s postponed decision on the Hasbrouck complex building names…

a.) “I’m still upset/angry/pissed!”

b.) “What’s the big deal? – this is so obvious, what’s the holdup?”

c.) “What’s the big deal? – aren’t there more important issues facing the world today?”

Feeling some of this myself, hearing more.  So how do we stay in the game of bringing about positive change?  Care to discuss?

Conversation One
Wednesday Nov 14 @ 4:30 PM [Late arrivals/early departures are welcome!],
Soujourner Truth Library Conference Room (M39)

EVERYONE is welcome to join in the Conversation: staff members, students, community members, faculty; any religion (or no religion), any political affiliation (or none). No special expertise needed.

Please be aware of our Mission and Values – which can be summed up as:” “listen generously, come prepared to change your mind and, speak only from your lived experience, in which you are the only expert.”

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Canceled–Conversation One, November 7, 2018

There will be no Conversation One this Wednesday, November 7th.  Next week’s topic will relate to the College Council meeting of November 1st.  Stay tuned for details!

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Heinz 57 – Conversation One October 31, 2018

Wednesday, October 31, 2018, @ 4:30 PM
Sojourner Truth Library Conference Room (M39)

Last week’s topic, “Beta Male” got pushed aside by the federal government’s rumored attempt to define gender. Meanwhile, there has been another tragic hate crime, this time in Pittsburgh. And Peter Kaufman in his extraordinary presentation last night pointed out the ongoing power of stigma: lung cancer kills more people than any other type of cancer, yet is not as well funded as many others. And the College Council meets tomorrow to decide on President Christian’s recommendation to rename buildings on campus associated with slave-owning. So much to talk about… What’s burning on your mind?

EVERYONE is welcome to join in the Conversation: staff members, students, community members, faculty; any religion (or no religion), any political affiliation (or none).  No special expertise needed.

Please come prepared to listen generously and with a willingness to learn.  Our goal is to speak from our lived experience, and to be mindful of the feelings of others.  More detail in our Mission and Values.

Today’s Topic is just a suggestion.  You are always welcome to bring whatever is challenging, or hurting, or encouraging you in your life.

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Beta Male – Conversation One Wednesday, Oct 24, 2018

Wednesday, October 23, 2018, @ 4:30 PM
Sojourner Truth Library Conference Room (M39)

The guy’s obviously trying to be mindful of his privilege and his high status. He listens actively. He empathizes. So who’s going to tell him when he screws up? Is he really as safe to talk to as he presents himself?
Care to discuss?*
*(Different topic from what I promised last week, but several recent crucial conversations make this topic seem more germane.)

EVERYONE is welcome to join in the Conversation: staff members, students, community members, faculty; any religion (or no religion), any political affiliation (or none).  No special expertise needed.

Please come prepared to listen generously and with a willingness to learn.  Our goal is to speak from our lived experience, and to be mindful of the feelings of others.  More detail in our Mission and Values.

Today’s Topic is just a suggestion.  You are always welcome to bring whatever is challenging, or hurting, or encouraging you in your life.

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