Make America Argue Well Again: Disagreeing Without Being Disagreeable

date Tuesday, 22 November 2016 time 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

👤 Mike Lehmann 🏢 The Third Floor/Slim's Diner


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
Neighborhood: Petworth
Classes will take place on the third floor. Enter through the side door on Ninth Street NW. This location has stairs, but no elevator.

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