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Courageous Conversations
Courageous Conversations

A four part interactive series supported by the Vermont Humanities Council

Sundays April 11, April 18, April 25, and May 2, 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Online via Zoom

Cost: FREE (while the event is free you must register to receive the link to participate)

The current series is currently FULL. If you'd like to be notified about future Courageous Conversations events, please let us know by emailing to

This four part series offers a hospitable space for participants to take up the hard questions of our time. Each session, and its requisite prework, affords deep reflection on civility and focuses on the tools needed to engage in civil conversation in a divided country. On Being's “Better Conversations Guide”; a guide created by Krista Tippet and the producers of “On Being” as part of the “Civil Conversations Project”, will serve as our framework. Each session will require deep listening of an assigned "On Being" episode, and will culminate in a conversation led by a different guest speaker each week.

Sunday, April 11th, 9 am-10 am
Guest speaker: Bryan Blanchette, Abenaki Singer-Songwriter
Topic: Acknowledgment and Welcome. Grounding Virtues.
Bryan Blanchette performing Tom Rush's song Merrimack County in Abenaki.

Sunday, April 18th, 9 am-10 am
Guest Speaker: Xusana Davis, State of Vermont's Executive Director of Racial Equity
Topic: Living the Questions

Sunday, April 25th, 9 am-10 am
Guest Speaker: Susan Clark, Educator and Author of Slow Democracy
Topic: Befriending Radical Disagreement/Grounding Values

Sunday, May 2nd, 9 am-10 am
Guest Speaker: Sue McCormick, Founder of Creative Discourse and a Senior Associate with Everyday Democracy.
Topic: Talking About Whiteness

Registered participants will receive a welcome letter on Friday, April 9th which will include all the materials, syllabus, and Zoom links.

Registration closes April 8th.

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