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Braver Angels logo Carthage College’s chapter of Braver Angels will host four special events this fall.

The organization Braver Angels seeks to help people “disagree better.” Civil engagement programs are often criticized for sweeping important differences under the rug so that everyone can “just be nice.” Braver Angels teaches us to use conflict as a tool for building stronger bridges and more secure areas of common ground. The right kind of conflict can show a community where to focus its efforts. It can also reassure everyone that there is room for all voices because disagreement does not devolve into personal attack.

Carthage College has hosted Braver Angels events in the past, and this fall we have four offerings scheduled, all related to depolarization. They are all free, and only one of them requires an RSVP.

Wednesday, Sept. 20

Constitution Day Talk

4 p.m. Clausen Center 107
Professor Fred Beuttler, former deputy historian of the U.S. House of Representatives, will give a talk titled “Congress, the Constitution, and the Democratic Process in a Partisan Age.” This event is sponsored by Braver Angels and the Political Science Department. Learn more.

Friday, Sept. 29

Lincoln Symposium Lunch

Noon-1:30 p.m., Todd Wehr Center 128 A, B & C
RSVP by Sept. 20 to cameron.swallow@gmail.com
Join Braver Angels for this buffet lunch, held as part of Carthage’s two-day Lincoln Symposium featuring some of the leading Abraham Lincoln scholars from around the country. Learn more about the Symposium

Tuesday, Oct. 24

Jerusalem Youth Chorus Visit

11:30 a.m. —Interfaith Gathering, A. F. Siebert Chapel
7 p.m. — Concert, A. F. Siebert Chapel

All are invited to the interfaith gathering and concert. The concert will feature both the Jerusalem Youth Chorus and Carthage Choir.

Thursday, Nov. 9

Braver Angels Debate

6-7:30 p.m., Clausen Center 10
Student groups will choose the topic for this Braver Angels debate.

If your class or club would like to plan a depolarization event during J-Term or the Spring semester, please contact Cameron Swallow at cameron.swallow@gmail.com