Muller Center’s civic discourse series begins Jan. 30

Staff Report

NEWBERRY — The Muller Center at Newberry College will host its spring (Civic) Art of Listening Series starting Jan. 30.

The series is based on the premise that society has lost its capacity for civil discourse. All events are free to the public.

“We seem to have lost the ability to talk and to listen to one another – with troubling consequences for shared civic vitality,” said Dr. Krista E. Hughes, director of the Muller Center. “In an era where sound bites prevail and social media gives voice to reactive communication, listening to understand in order to work together across our differences is truly a lost art. This series encourages people to engage in a type of listening that aims at understanding rather than reacting.”

Politics & the (Civic) Art of Listening will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 30 in the Gnann Conference Room at the Newberry College Teacher Education Center, 1121 Speers St.

It includes a screening of the documentary “Bring It to the Table,” followed by facilitated table talks to allow participants to practice effectively speaking, listening and understanding across differences.

Race & the (Civic) Art of Listening will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Gnann Conference Room at the Newberry College Teacher Education Center, 1121 Speers St.

Community transformation organization Speaking Down Barriers returns to campus for an evening of spoken word poetry and community dialogue about interracial understanding.

Interfaith & the (Civic) Art of Listening will be held at 7 p.m. March 13 in Wiles Chapel, 2100 College St.

Hughes and visiting scholar Jacqueline A. Bussie will lead a public conversation on the challenges and promises of interfaith engagement.

The event is part of Newberry College’s first ever Religious Diversity Week, jointly sponsored by the Muller Center and the Newberry College Office of Diversity Education.

Contact the Muller Center at 803-321-5215 or send an email to muller.center@newberry.edu for more information.

Staff Report