Civil Discourse

Course Title:  Civil Discourse

Dates:  Jan. 25, 2021

Time:  10:00-11:30 AM

Location:  Zoom

Objectives:  Students will learn about what makes difficult conversations difficult, how to hone skills for coping with personal reactions to difficult conversations, ways to engage others in dialogue and some advanced skills for managing challenging circumstances.   

Course structure:  The course will be given in 1 session, 90 minutes long, covering the following topics: 

This non-partisan, non-political class is about ways to connect, understand, and have civil conversations when it seems there are no paths through the thickets. Pick up some fundamental skills in how to converse with people with whom we disagree. Learn a bit about how our brains work (stories vs. facts and data), how to ask a great question, plus a couple of strategies for keeping cool. 

Requirements: NoneInstructor: Jane Banning earned her Masters of Science in Social Work from UW-Madison in 1979. She worked in heath care for twelve years and then directed the Clinical Teaching and Assessment Center at UW School of Medicine and Public Health for sixteen years. Following retirement, she was an adjunct faculty member for Nicolet College, taught at the YMCA of the Northwoods and worked as a contact tracer for Oneida County Heath Department. She enjoys reading, writing and pickle ball.