The Community Conversations program was created in 2015 with the belief that facilitated conversation engages a community better than rhetoric and argument. Communities, large and small, identify issues that are important to them, and come together to discuss them through a humanities lens. The act of coming together demonstrates a willingness to listen, and the dialogue itself begins to dissolve barriers and misunderstandings.
Join Us for Our 2016-2017 Season
“During a time when research shows Americans are growing increasingly polarized and homogenized into like-minded tribes, the need for proactive efforts to bring people together across these divides has never been greater. Once individuals find themselves in the same room with “those people” eating, socializing, laughing...something changes. We all have a built-in capacity to disagree in healthy ways...we’ve just forgotten how to do it! It's thanks to Utah Humanities that we’ve been able to launch our first season of conversation events in Utah. By reminding Utahns that thoughtful, good-hearted people disagree on almost everything, I believe we can continue setting a tone and encouraging local citizens to not give up on the founding ideals of our country—including simply this: that a diverse people can come together and create a country together.” - Jacob Z. Hess, Ph.D., Village Square Utah Director