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Enjoy a fine dining experience!
Join our dynamic and insightful conversation hosts for dinner
and learn skills for respectful conversations on current topics.
Please join March 16, 2023 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Northern Hotel for conversation and
appetizers, dinner and dessert prepared by Executive Chef Sarah Seltvedt along with wine
produced by McBride Sisters Wine Company. Cost: $85
About This Event
What is civil conversation?
At its simplest, a civil conversation is a dialogue between 2 people or a group that intends to build a better understanding. Participants do not have to agree – what matters is the act of listening to other people and learning their perspective. The point is to raise important questions and (hopefully) hear one another’s point of view.
In an increasingly divisive society, what would it be like to hold civil conversations in our own families and communities? How can we create space for people to come together and have these conversations? Join our dynamic and informative conversation hosts to learn skills for having respectful conversations that clarify differences, search for common ground, and affirm the importance of relationships. Learn how to be aware of you own “inner-polarizers.”
Participants choose 1 of 11 tables with the following topics:
The Responsible Use of Technology and Social Media: Digital Citizenship – Dr. Susan Balter-Reitz, Professor, MSU-Billings Department of Communication and Theatre, and radio host
Positive Conversations and Projects with Indigenous People – Jean Bearcrane, Executive Director, Montana Native Women’s Coalition
Using Civil Language in Legal Settings – Honorable Colette Davies, District Court Judge, Montana 13th Judicial District
Keeping Women Relevant in Media Conversations – Nadya Faulx, News Director, Yellowstone Public Radio
Countering Cultural Stereotypes (Prejudice) to Embrace Authenticity – Stella Fong, author, radio host and culinary instructor
Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in Company Conversations – Val Jeffries, Regional Director of Operations, Holiday Companies
Women in Restaurants and Food – Jen Marble, Co-Owner Marble Table
Navigating Political Correctness in the Political Arena – Mary McNally, Montana State Senator
Conversations in Literature – Bobbi Otte, Library Director, Rocky Mountain College
The Value of Civil Dialogue in Art – Terri Porta, muralist and sculptor
The Hard Conversations about the End of Life – Jessica Scheer, NP, Clinical Director, Riverstone Health Hospice and Home Care