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Red/Blue Workshop

September 8, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Held in collaboration with the Better Angels Organization and the Community Church of Chapel Hill.

What:  A workshop for students bringing together about 5-7 self-identified conservative-leaning students and 5-7 self-identified liberal-leaning students for a day of structured conversations.

Interested? Email ppeprogram@unc.edu.

Why:  In Abraham Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address in 1861, with the nation on the brink of Civil War, he appealed to the “better angels of our nature.”  In our dangerously divided nation, we all need to be touched by something “better” within us and within the country we share.


  • To better understand the experiences and beliefs of those on the other side of the political divide.
  • To see if there are areas of commonality in addition to differences.
  • To learn something that might be helpful to others in our community and the nation.

The Process: A focus on listening and reflecting rather than debating and persuading.

A limited number of observers are also invited to attend! Observers must remain neutral throughout the activities and refrain from (verbal and nonverbal) reaction. Observing is a great way to learn and get comfortable with this kind of dialogue, even if you don’t identify as “Red” or “Blue.” Please email ppeprogram@unc.edu to reserve your space as an observer.


September 8, 2018
10:00 am - 1:00 pm