Make America Argue Well Again: Disagreeing Without Being Disagreeable
Deep, productive dialogue across the ideological spectrum is easy in D.C., rendering this class useless.
JUST KIDDING. (Yes, we’re screaming … as people often do in these types of arguments!)
Diving into a deep discussion with folks who have different political or religious beliefs is challenging and uncomfortable, but it’s incredibly necessary: Doing so helps us identify our own blind spots, disrupts our own intellectual echo chambers, and increases empathy.
But how does one engage others in a way that doesn’t turn everyone into a cartoon character with steam shooting out of their ears? Drawing on social psychology and theology offers some helpful tips. After outlining general insights about the best — and worst — ways to engage others, we’ll focus on two case studies: arguing with a Christian who doesn’t believe in evolution, and arguing with a Donald Trump supporter.
The Third Floor/Slim's Diner
4201 Georgia Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20011
Classes will take place on the third floor. Enter through the side door on Ninth Street NW. This location has stairs, but no elevator.