Civil Discourse

Upcoming Events

Better Angels Workshop and Benefit Concert Program
Sunday, December 16, 2018

Join us as we continue to strengthen our TBE community with the foundational values of inclusion, love and understanding.  This program is in partnership with Better Angels, a bipartisan citizen's movement working to reduce polarization in the United States. 
There are two separate opportunities to participate and learn about improving civil discourse: 

Can We Bridge the Political Divide? Better Angels Red/Blue Workshop at TBE 
Daytime (10:00 am-5:00 pm)

Join an intensive workshop led by Better Angels facilitators that will bring together Republican-leaning and Democratic-leaning citizens for a day of structured conversations, with a focus on listening and reflecting rather than debating and persuading. 
You may join as a red or blue leaning participant or as an observer for moderated activities and discussions that clarify disagreements, reduce stereotyped thinking, and begin building the relationships needed to find common ground.  This program will be held at TBE and organized and led by Boston area Better Angels volunteers. 

Registration is required.

Questions: Ann-Mara Lanza, [email protected] or Julie Kreiss, [email protected]

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Benefit Concert & Informational Program at TBE
Evening (7:00-9:00 pm)

This is an awareness raising concert for Better Angels.  It will include an introduction to Better Angels’ work and a concert with music and commentary reflecting on civic discourse. There will be an introduction by David Blankenhorn, President of “The Institute For American Values,” and music by Sage Snider and Andy Roth. 

This concert is free and open to the public.

Questions: Ann-Mara Lanza, [email protected] or Julie Kreiss, [email protected]

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About Better Angels

Founded in 2016, Better Angels is a nonprofit bipartisan citizens' movement to reduce political polarization in the United States by bringing liberals and conservatives together to understand each other beyond stereotypes, forming red/blue community alliances, teaching practical skills for communicating across political differences, and making a strong public argument for depolarization.  Better Angels is unique in having equal “blue” and “red” representation, focusing on the issue of polarization, and building a national, grassroots movement that has caught the attention of major news networks (e.g., CNN, the AP, NBC, NYTimes). 

More information, videos, articles and examples of their workshops 

The Benefit Concert Performers 

Sage Snider is a fiddler, singer, dancer, and songwriter based in Nashville, TN. Informed by her music history and museum education coursework at Yale and Brown, Sage’s performances mix fairytales with feminism, folksongs with looping, and flatfooting with distortion. Her work has been featured at the Smithsonian, The Yale University Art Gallery, Smugglers' Notch Ski Resort, the Brown University Folk Festival, and the Grand Ole RV Resort. 

Andy Roth started as a folksinger in the late 60s and went on to a career as a musical comedy performer, with roles in the movie Grease and Broadway’s They’re Playing Our Song. Now a psychologist, Andy was disturbed by the anger surrounding the 2016 election and joined Better Angels. With this concert, he returns to his musical roots to help de-escalate our country’s political rancor.