Shifting Landscapes March 21

Mason County District Library and Abondia Center continue to explore Truth & Politics in the public lecture series Shifting Landscapes on Monday March 21, with Communicating Across the Fence—or the Aisle, presented by Dr. Brian Harrison, visiting assistant professor of political science, Carleton College. The presentation is at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts, 107 S. Harrison St. in Ludington, and starts at 7 pm on Monday, March 21st.

Dr. Brian Harrison is a specialist in political communication, political behavior and attitude change, experimental design, and LGBT politics.

Shifting Landscape events are free, live or by Zoom. Tickets are not necessary but registration is helpful. To register: http://mcdl.pub/sl-register. To simply join the Zoom presentation, go to http://mcdl.pub/sl-zoom. The link will be live about 6:45 pm on the day of the presentation. For information check the Mason County District Library website: mcdlibrary.org or contact Thomas Trahey, Mason County District Library at ttrahey@mcdlibrary.org or Brooke Portmann, director of Abondia Center, at baportmann312@gmail.com.

Dr. Brian F. Harrison earned his Ph.D. at Northwestern University. He has been a Visiting Assistant Professor at Macalester College and Lecturer at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. His prior affiliations include Northwestern, Yale, NYU, and Wesleyan Universities; before academia, Brian was a White House appointee for the Department of Homeland Security. He is Founder and President of Voters for Equality, an organization encouraging political engagement among LGBTQ people in the U.S. He has published LGBTQ Life in America: Examining the Facts (ABC-CLIO, 2021, with Melissa Michelson) and 3 books with Oxford University Press: A Change is Gonna Come: How to Have Effective Political Conversations in a Divided America (2020); Transforming Prejudice: Identity, Fear, and Transgender Rights (2020); and Listen, We Need to Talk: How to Change Attitudes about LGBT Rights (2017). An award-winning teacher and author, Dr. Harrison’s interests are in American politics, political communication and political behavior, political psychology, public opinion, and LGBT rights.

On March 21, Dr. Harrison will focus on effective communication with our political opponents. How can democracy survive if we can’t even talk to each other? What is a practical approach to useful conversations on contentious issues?

In April, the Shifting Landscapes series focuses on Economics (Apr 4, 11, 18).

This 2021-2022 series is exploring six areas of our lives that have been reshaped during the Covid-19 epidemic and the many events that have occurred in the past 2 years. Truth and politics is the fifth topic in the Shifting Landscapes series.

In asking questions about the nature and purpose of politics, and freedom of expression, the Shifting Landscapes series seeks to address questions on people’s minds. It also hopes the information helps people get more from news sources, as well as professionals and others about social issues and news that matters to them.

This project has been funded by grants from Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and Michigan Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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