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“The Power of Conversation” Seminar at Columbia, Jan. 27th

We hope our members in the New York region will take a moment to read the post below, which came from NCDD Sustaining Member Ron Gross of the University Seminar on Education at Columbia University via our great Submit-to-Blog FormDo you have news you want to share with the NCDD network? Just click here to submit your news post for the NCDD Blog!

THE POWER OF CONVERSATION, a Seminar with Ronald Gross, will be held on Monday, January 27, 2014, 7:00-9:00 pm, at Faculty House, Columbia University, 117th St. & Morningside Heights in NYC.

Kindly RSVP to reserve a place, to grossassoc@aol.com Please bring this invitation and a photo ID for admission to the building.

Gross co-chairs the University Seminar on Innovation in Education; and is the founder of Conversations New York, and author, Socrates’ Way, Peak Learning, Radical School Reform, etc.

THE POWER OF CONVERSATION has propelled critical inquiry through the ages, from Socrates’ dialogues in the Athenian agora, to Occupy in Zuccoti Park.

Now, it is being harnessed afresh to foster not only civic discourse, but to enhance psychological well-being, strengthen learning (formal and informal), stimulate organizational development, and spark creativity.

This conversation will:

  • Review ten important benefits of Conversation as established by theory, research, and practice.
  • Trace the historical roots of Conversation in 17th century Salons, 18th century coffee houses, 19th century scientific societies, and 20th century social change movements such as Occupy.
  • Report briefly on 15 current projects and programs such as Meet-Up, Socrates Salons, Philosophers’ Cafes, Circles in Women’s Spirituality, Study Groups in Professional Education, Book Discussion Groups, and the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation.
  • Review some important contemporary Conversation Studies such as those by David Bohm and Sherry Turkle.
  • Describe several techniques useful in conducting successful conversations, such as the Talking Stick, World Cafe, and Open Space.
  • Identify the 10 most notable recent books on Conversation.
  • Identify 6 crucial dimensions of Conversation: Everyday Spirituality, Educational Strategy (in schools and higher education), Organizational Development, High but Low-Cost BYOB Leisure, Creativity, and Civic Discourse.
  • Present the new program Conversations New York, and preview a mini-conference on Conversation at Columbia in June, which our Seminars will sponsor.

Background Reading: Please visit the websites www.ConversationsNewYork.com, www.SocratesWay.com, and www.NCDD.org, and read Sherry Turkle’s article “The Flight from Conversation” from the New York Times Sunday Review, 4/21/12.

Faculty House is located on Columbia University’s East Campus on Morningside Drive, north of 116th Street. Enter Wien Courtyard through the gates on 116 Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive. Walk toward the north end of the courtyard, then turn right toward Morningside Drive. Faculty House will be the last building on the right.

To augment the fellowship among members, you are warmly invited to join other members for dinner at Faculty House at 5:30 PM. Dinner at Faculty House, a varied and ample buffet (including wine), is $25, which must be paid for by check made at the beginning of the meal. If you intend to join us for dinner you must let us know via email a week in advance.

BACKGROUND: This seminar is jointly sponsored by the Columbia University Seminars on Innovation in Education, and on Ethics, Moral Education, and Society.
The Seminar on Innovation in Education is co-chaired by Ronald Gross, who also conducts the Socratic Conversations at the Gottesman Libraries, and Robert McClintock who is John L. and Sue Ann Weinberg Professor Emeritus in the Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education at Teachers College. Founded in 1970, the Seminar explores the process of learning in individuals, organizations, and society throughout the lifespan and via major institutions.
The Seminar on Ethics, Moral Education and Society, chaired by Michael Schulman, brings together scholars from psychology, philosophy, sociology, political theory, education, religion and other disciplines to explore issues in ethics, moral education, moral development, moral motivation, moral decision making and related topics.

Upcoming 2013-14 seminar dates: no February, March 3, April 7, May 5.

Columbia University encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. University Seminar participants with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about physical access may contact the Office of Disability Services at 212-854-2388 or disability@columbia.edu. Disability accommodations, including sign-language interpreters, are available on request. Requests for accommodations must be made two weeks in advance. On campus, seminar participants with disabilities should alert a Public Safety Officer that they need assistance accessing campus.

Find out more at www.ColumbiaSeminar.org or by emailing grossassoc@aol.com


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