Saturday 9/7. 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Free. CALS Main Library.
After the 2016 presidential election, your social media feeds were probably filled with the righteous vitriol of your chosen, cozy echo chamber, with virtual “get off my lawn” fist shaking happening across both sides of the political divide. In response to this increased polarization in American politics and culture — along with the arguments, hurt feelings and tense family gatherings that resulted, both on and off the internet — Better Angels was created. A bipartisan effort, the Better Angels organization seeks to depolarize America by teaching conversational and listening skills to concerned citizens through workshops and training. Arkansas’s Better Angels coordinator, Cindy Kyser, and member Glen White will host the program’s Skills Workshop in the Darragh Center on the first floor of the CALS Main Library on Saturday, Sept. 7. This workshop will teach attendees active listening skills and techniques for expressing opinions in a “non polarizing way,” with an opportunity to practice those skills after the presentation. Light refreshments will also be served. Admission is free, but you can register for a spot online through Eventbrite.