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past event | October 2022
might curiosity save us?

“I Never Thought of it That Way” with Mónica Guzmán

‘The way you show people that they matter is aiming your curiosity at them. Ask yourself “what kinds of people do I talk about, but never with?” Whoever is underrepresented in your life will be overrepresented in your imagination.’ -Mónica Guzmán Ready to fight back against the confusion, heartbreak, and madness of our dangerously divided times?

‘The way you show people that they matter is aiming your curiosity at them. Ask yourself “what kinds of people do I talk about, but never with?” Whoever is underrepresented in your life will be overrepresented in your imagination.’ —Mónica Guzmán

Ready to fight back against the confusion, heartbreak, and madness of our dangerously divided times? Find the answers you need by talking with people—rather than about them—and asking the questions you want across the divides you want, curiously. Seeing where people are coming from isn’t just possible. It’s easier than you think. Mónica Guzmán is a bridge builder, journalist, and author who lives for great conversations sparked by curious questions. Her new book, “I Never Thought of it That Way: How to Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times,” was featured on the Glenn Beck Podcast and named a New York Times recommended read. Learn more about Mónica by clicking ‘MORE.’

The program will be facilitated by Village Square friend and Executive Director of Bridge USA, Manu Meel.

This important programming is offered in partnership with Florida Humanities as a part of our multi-year series “UNUM: Democracy Reignited.”* Meet our extraordinary streaming partners below.

We hope you’ll pick up a copy of Mónica’s book at one of our partners (see features below): Midtown Reader in Tallahassee, Tombolo Books in St. Petersburg and Books & Books across Miami (and just a click away from wherever you are).

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Mónica is Senior Fellow for Public Practice at Braver Angels, the nation’s largest cross-partisan grassroots organization working to depolarize America; founder and CEO of Reclaim Curiosity, an organization working to build a more curious world; host of live interview series at Crosscut; and cofounder of the award-winning Seattle newsletter The Evergrey. She was a 2019 fellow at the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, where she studied social and political division, and a 2016 fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, where she researched how journalists can rethink their roles to better meet the needs of a participatory public. She was named one of the 50 most influential women in Seattle, served twice as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes, and plays a barbarian named Shadrack in her besties’ Dungeons & Dragons campaign. A Mexican immigrant, Latina, and dual US/Mexico citizen, she lives in Seattle with her husband and two kids and is the proud liberal daughter of conservative parents.

We’re delighted to welcome streaming partners Braver Angels, National Institute for Civil Discourse, BridgeUSA, Listen First Project, USC Dornsife Center for the Political FutureCommon Ground Committee, Civic Health Project, YOUnify, Citizen Connect, Center for the Humanities at University of Miami, Tallahassee Democrat, WFSU Public Media,and Network for Responsible Public Policy.

*Funding for this program was provided through a grant from Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Mónica Guzmán | Senior Fellow for Public Practice, Braver Angels
"How to Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations
In Dangerously Divided Times."
Midtown Reader | Tallahassee
Books & Books | Miami
Tombolo Books | St. Pete
Manu Meel | Facilitator
CEO, BridgeUSA