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Colloquium: Re-Learning Civil Discourse in the Face of Extreme Polarization, Nov. 2 in Germantown

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Category: Workforce Development

Published: 2018-10-29 00:00:01.000

Montgomery College's Workforce Development and Continuing Education (WD&CE), in partnership with the Montgomery College Foundation, present 'Re-Learning Civil Discourse in the Face of Extreme Polarization.'

"How can you hate me if you don't even know me?" is the question that Daryl Davis has asked Ku Klux Klan members over several decades.

Join us on November 2 from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the BioScience Conference Center, Germantown Campus for a colloquium featuring Daryl Davis. During this day-long engaging and interactive workshop, Daryl will share stories of his surprising success in opening dialogues with people, like Klan members, who hold beliefs in direct opposition to everything that he stands for. With workshop scenarios and engaging discussion, Daryl will guide the attendees in methods and strategies for conversing with people who hold opposing beliefs. His advice: "Establish dialogue. When two enemies are talking, they are not fighting." Expect to experience uncomfortable emotions and learn how to keep a civil conversation going in spite of them.

Daryl Davis is a Rhythm and Blues (R & B) musician, singer and band leader who produced his own "Greatest Hits" album, he has played with Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, B. B. King, Bruce Hornsby and Bill Clinton. It was in 1983 when Daryl was playing country western music in a "white" bar when a patron came up to him and said it was the first time he had "heard a black man play as well as Jerry Lee Lewis." Daryl explained that, "Jerry Lee learned to play from black blues and boogie-woogie piano players and he's a friend of mine." The white patron turned out to be a member of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), became Daryl's friend and gave him the opportunity to interview other Klansmen, resulting in the book "Klan-destine Relationships: A Black Man's Odyssey in the Ku Klux Klan" and a film documentary (which also features his encounters with neo-Nazi members) "Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race and America."

As in past years, we are recognizing one of our outstanding graduates of the Mediation Program. This year we recognize Robin Miller Nicholson. Robin successfully completed our 40 Hour Basic Mediation Training course in the summer of 2013, and now serves as a volunteer role player and coach for that course. She uses the mediation skills she learned in her own company and as a very active volunteer mediator with the Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County (CRCMC). While at CRCMC Robin has taught conflict resolution skills to residents of the Montgomery County Pre-Release Center and has conducted re-entry mediations for former inmates seeking to repair broken relationships with family and friends. She has been a key member of CRCMC's Quality Improvement Committee, helping to draft new standards of conduct and performance criteria for mediators. Most recently, she has been evaluating other CRCMC mediators giving them constructive feedback on how to improve their performance. We are proud to recognize her as our 2018 Outstanding Mediation Graduate.

Seating is limited. Course cost is $99 ($50 tuition + $49 fee; tuition waiver applies) including lunch. With the generous support of the Montgomery College Foundation, MC faculty and staff can get complimentary seating. Please email Transcie Almonte-Sabio at to reserve your space.

We are appreciative of our other conference partners, Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO) and Montgomery County Office of Human Rights.

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