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Socratic Conversation: The Power of Conversation, with Ron Gross

        Topic: The Power of Conversation: Designing Ways to Talk Together for Greater Enjoyment & Effectiveness

        "Look up, look at one another, and let’s start a conversation.” That is the powerful plea of Professor Sherry Turkle of MIT, author of the acclaimed Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other. She urges us to transcend the digital gadgetry which has impelled us to “sacrifice conversation for mere connection….”

        Let’s explore “Our Conversations, Ourselves” – the ways in which talking together can add even more to personal quality of life – and strengthen our capacity to achieve the goals we share as professionals and citizens.

        Among the topics we’ll discuss:

        • What’s one of the best conversations you’ve had in the last month?
          What made it so good?

         

        • How satisfied are you with your conversations? Do you feel that more of them might be more like the BEST ones –and wonder what makes the difference?

         

        • Are there "design principles" for enhancing our conversations for greater rapport, creativity, mutual understanding, and delight?

         

        • What’s your Conversational Style? Are you dominating…. or catalytic… or receptive... or responsive… or critical… or appreciative… or…?and what do you feel are its positive and negative consequences? (Do such styles typically differ between men and women, straight and gay, or between different ethnic groups?)

         

        • What role does conversation play in fostering participation and engagement in a democratic society? Is that role fulfilled today in our communities?

         

        • Where can you easily find enjoyable, illuminating conversations in New York City – or create your own?

         


        Please also join us, if you like, for a related meeting on The Power of Conversation to Enhance Life in New York, in the same room starting at 5:30 -- right after this Conversation. YOU can make a difference by helping to offer New Yorkers more and better conversations, through Conversations New York. (You can come for either the Conversation or the Meeting, or both.)

        Where: 104b Russell


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        Socratic conversations this year are part of the project entitled Design and Education: Dialogues on Design Thinking, which includes online video discussion and seminars on designing for the future of libraries and learning spaces.

        Inspired by Socrates' famous conversations with his friends in the marketplace of 5th century Athens, we engage in spirited discussions of ideas and issues. Socratic conversations range broadly and probe deeply into the basic challenges of life. They are informed by the latest literature for reference and follow up. While building a sense of community on campus, these meetings enliven the intellectual atmosphere and model dialogue and discussion as modes of inquiry.

        These highly-participatory conversations with fellow students are moderated by Ronald Gross, author of Socrates' Way and Co-chair of the University Seminar on Innovation in Education. They are part of a year long series of Socratic Conversations hosted by the Gottesman Libraries.
         
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        Individuals with disabilities are invited to request reasonable accommodations including, but not limited to sign language interpretation, Braille or large print materials, and a campus map of accessible features. Address these requests to the Office of Access and Services for Individuals with Disabilities at (212) 678-3689, keller@tc.edu, or Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services at (212) 678-3853 V/TTY, rgf2104@tc.columbia.edu.


        • Jennifer Govan
        • 212-678-3022
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