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Polarization to Conversation: What to do when Values Collide
Fall 2014 Lecture Series

All lectures are on Fridays at 12:00pm in Lazter Hall, University YMCA.  

When the University YMCA was offered funding last year on the condition that we disassociate ourselves with an organization that had publicly called for marriage equality, we paused.  We didn’t accept the money, but we also didn’t take a public stance on marriage equality. The Fall 2014 Friday Forum lecture series, Polarization to Conversation: What to do when Values Collide, is the Y’s response to situations like ours where held identities and beliefs collide, presenting situations where society has to choose one value over another.  We ask each of our presenters to break that binary and join us in using dialogue to explore alternative paths that navigate the complexity of our individual and collective beliefs and identities. 

Friday Forum is a weekly lectures series held in the fall and spring semesters that strives to raise awareness about national and international trends and events.


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