Join the conversation: Reviving trust, civility in a time of political and social divides

It too often seems we are more divided than ever, from political ideology to social issues.

The National Institute for Civil Discourse will share actions we can take individually and locally that can serve as a balm to the friction around us.

The one-hour discussion will take place at Tucson Medical Center’s The Core at La Encantada at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 2.

Rounding out the Downtown Lecture Series on “Truth and Trust in the Global Scene,” the discussion is open to all participants who want to learn and practice tools and skills to restore civility in their everyday lives.

Earlier this year, The Institute launched an initiative to revive civility through small groups and texting platforms to help members of the community build trust and invite open, respectful dialogue.

“Engaging in constructive dialogue is something we have to consciously work at – and particularly when our political discourse is often peppered with personal attacks and when we are so often exposed to hateful rhetoric and polarization,” said Basant Virdee, who works on the Institute’s Revive Civility Initiative.

“The good news is that we can get better at cultivating a respectful environment and we are looking forward to connecting with people about how to foster civil, civic discourse.”

Kindness, trust and respect are foundations not just for healthy dialogue, but for healthy communities, said Tara Bruce, assistant manager of The Core. “As a nonprofit community hospital that is committed to building health, we are pleased to support the work of the National Institute as our society continues to grapple with conflict and how we can best respond to it,” Bruce said.

The event is free but registration is requested at

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