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JDavid Smithoin us for a community event and recommit to civil discourse in Everett. More information about the concept of civil discourse can be found on the City's Civil Everett web page.

David E. Smith, "Civil Conversation in an Angry Age"

Thursday, October 3, at 6:30 PM
Cascade High School, 801 East Casino Road, Everett, WA 98203

Space is limited. Advance registration is required and begins September 3 by calling 425-257-8000.

At what point does a conversation become a battle? Why do some opinions inflame our emotions, leading to anger, fights, and even the end of relationships with family and friends?

Philosopher David E. Smith takes a deep look at those moments when civility breaks down. By mapping the structure of how we converse, and digging into the root causes of both civility and incivility, Smith explores how we can have meaningful, respectful conversations on notoriously difficult topics like politics, religion, and morality. In our increasingly polarized political environment, Smith provides participants with the tools needed to embark upon more thoughtful, fruitful discussions.

An interactive workshop will follow the talk.

Geraldine DeRuiterGeraldine DeRuiter, "Fighting Trolls and Taking Names"

Sunday, November 3, 2 PM
Everett Public Library auditorium, 2702 Hoyt Ave.

What makes online abusers tick? Most people have come across trolls, haters or even worse on the internet. Especially for people in underrepresented groups, the internet can be a place where safety does not seem a given. Geraldine DeRuiter shared her ideas and experiences about surviving online harassment and making the internet a better place to work and play. 

Geraldine DeRuiter is an acclaimed author, world-renowned public speaker, and the voice behind the award-winning Everywhereist blog.

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