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Thu 2

May 2 @ 7:00 pm8:30 pm EDT

Resetting the Table

The Village Square

Location: Online

Join us via Zoom or Facebook live on Thursday, May 2nd from 7-8:30pm PST.

As part of our fall 2023-spring 2024 virtual lecture series, “UNUM: Democracy Reignited,” we’ll engage international expertise in service of quelling increasingly dangerous divisions here at home. Drawing on decades of experience addressing volatile disagreements surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Resetting the Table works to transform toxic polarization and destructive political conflict in the U.S.. We’ll check in with the Resetting the Table team around the escalating tragedy in in the Middle East to learn what lessons we can.

We’ll be joined by Resetting the Table’s Co-Founding CEO, Melissa Weintraub, a veteran peace-builder and social entrepreneur who has spent her career building transformative communication across divides, overcoming dehumanization and distrust, and working toward a shared society in both the U.S. and Israel-Palestine. 

Resetting the Table brings wisdom and expertise gained in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to healing America’s deepening divides.

In the aftermath of the 2016 election — after years of focus on volatile disagreements surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — Resetting the Table launched an ambitious initiative forging communication and understanding across red/blue/purple divides in the U.S. They began with a Listening Campaign and series of dialogue forums in the heart of the Wisconsin and Iowa Rust Belt counties that swung Obama-to-Trump in the 2016 election, engaging and partnering with many “unusual suspects” for bridge-building work: from conventional dairy farmers to blue-collar workers to Evangelical pastors. Today, they offer training and forums targeting clergy, journalists, bridge-building practitioners, conservative and progressive activists, and more.

This program is part of the UNUM: Democracy Reignited series in partnership with Florida Humanities, which explores the past, present and future of the American idea — as it exists on paper, in the hearts of our people, and as it manifests in our lives.