Door County Auditorium teams up with the Door County Civility Project to present Door County Talks, a series of five free lectures presented in DCA's cozy Fireside Lobby. This year’s series is themed around promoting civility, strengthening community, and encouraging empathy. Kick Ash Coffee will be on hand with coffee and bakery available for purchase. All Door County Talks include a short break, a post-talk Q&A with the speaker, and a chance to meet and reconnect with Door County friends and neighbors. Free Events, Free-will Donations Accepted.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, 10 a.m. Kelli Strickland: Executive & Artistic Director, Weidner Center: Building Community & Common Ground through the Arts Join us as we examine the role that the fine and performing arts can play in building civic pride, bridging differences, and healing community trauma. Through examining real life examples from The Art of The Rural, Philadelphia Mural Project, Cornerstone Theatre and other smaller scale projects, it becomes clear how the arts transform communities.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 10 a.m. Dr. Ryan Martin: “Living in the Digital Rage: Dealing with Anger, Hostility, and Violence Online.” It’s no secret that social media platforms and other online environments are often very hostile places. This talk will explore the scientific literature on internet anger, including providing concrete solutions for how to keep your cool online and also how to deal with the online anger of others.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 26, 10 a.m. Professor Alison Staudinger: Civility and the Public Sphere Come explore both the promise and the perils of deliberation and discourse for civic renewal. Based on a course she offered on the same theme, Staudinger’s active-learning workshop and presentation will lay out some of the core mechanisms through which “talking” has been turned into political action or used to build community, (for example: deliberative dialogues, participatory budgeting, citizen juries, consciousnessraising circles) with reference to theorists of the “public sphere.” Along with these examples, the talk will feature both practical tips for talking politics across difference, and critiques of the possibility of such a discussion.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 10 a.m. Dr. Roger Kuhns: Healthy Waters and Navigating Political Shoals Water. It is part of every aspect of our civilization. How do we protect it and use it wisely? What are the risks it faces? What is the science saying? What are our policies? In exploring these questions we can guide sound, science-led policy that ensures healthy water for generations to come. Most important in the short term is establishing a respectful dialogue. This means listening, and looking far forward with our solutions, not at those bringing short term gain while exacerbating long-term dilemmas. The connectivity of water and people strengthens our communities toward a sustainable society. This lecture is part of DCA’s Winter Water Fest held in conjunction with Celebrate Water Door County.
SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 10 a.m. Dr. Jason Cowell: FREE: Developing Fairness, Respect, Empathy, and Equality in Children Calls for empathy, fairness, and morality are frequently invoked and often misunderstood. We are confronted with the notion that understanding the plight of others, or even feeling concern for the state of another will automatically mean that we will act more morally towards them. However, a growing body of research from child psychology and neuroscience suggests that these are relatively separate processes. In this talk, I will discuss the neural, cultural, and behavioral development of morality and empathy in children, adolescents, and adults.
bystander/upstander WORKSHOP presented by Fit Oshkosh, inc.
EMPOWER YOURSELF TO INTERVENE SAFELY AND EFFECTIVELY WHEN WITNESSING HARASSMENT AND DISCRIMINATION.
9:00 am – 3:30 pm on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church Street, Egg Harbor.
Have you ever witnessed an act of discrimination and not known what to do? What to say? The Bystander/Upstander Workshop will prepare participants to intervene safely and appropriately when witnessing incidents of discrimination, harassment, or harm. Participants will engage with real-life scenarios specifically customized for Door County to enable them to effectively identify and challenge negative narratives and behaviors. Presented by FIT Oshkosh, Inc.- a nationally recognized racial literacy non-profit advocating for tolerance, equity, and inclusion - the Bystander/Upstander Workshop is co-sponsored by the Door County Civility Project, HELP of Door County, Inc., Hope United Church of Christ, JUST Door County, Inc., PFLAG Door County, and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County, with a contribution from the Door County Medical Center. The Bystander/Upstander Workshop runs from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at the Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church Street, Egg Harbor. Advanced registration is required. Registration fee is $20.00 prior to April 1st; $25.00 after April 1st. A light lunch is included. Registration is capped at 30 participants. Early registration is highly recommended.