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WeListen Staff pres.

The Polarization of Partisanship: A WeListen Staff Discussion

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WeListen July 2019
This WeListen session is open to all UM staff members. All voices and views are welcome and lunch will be provided!

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Polarization has become a buzzword used to describe the current state of U.S. politics, and a perceived lack of dialogue across the political spectrum. People who gravitate toward political extremes tend to dominate news coverage, while the 'exhausted majority' who are more flexible in their views are often forgotten in public discourse.

Are we truly polarized with regard to our political views? Do the media play a role in this divide, whether perceived or real? And how does the two-party system contribute to polarization? Join us for a lively discussion on where we stand and where we're headed.

Our aim is to bring liberals, conservatives, libertarians- everyone across the political spectrum- together for constructive conversation. The goal of WeListen discussions is not to debate or argue, but to understand the views and values of others and to learn from their perspectives. The session will begin with a brief content presentation to provide a basic understanding of the topic. No specific level of knowledge is required to participate in WeListen discussions.

By participating in WeListen sessions, staff members will:
- Expand understanding of a prominent political topic
- Practice discussing difficult topics with others,
- Gain openness to new ideas and perspectives,
- Learn to productively challenge an idea, and
- Form a sense of community among fellow staff members.

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This event is co-sponsored by the UM Office of DEI and the LSA DEI Implementation Leads. The planning committee includes staff members from the Ginsberg Center, the International Institute, LSA Psychology, UM Poverty Solutions, and the UM Shared Services Center.
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