• What’s Making Us Laugh? What Role Does Comedy Play in Pulling Us Together – or Driving Us Apart?


    Comedy can take many forms. Whether through TV shows, movies, stand-up routines, or improv, comedy has the unique power to impact how we see ourselves, others around us, and the society in which we live. As part of BEL’s “Creating New American Stories of Us” series, this virtual event will explore some of the ways…

  • Restorative Justice Foundations for Accountability …


    Restorative Justice Foundations for Accountability, Repair and Transformation This session will cover foundational restorative justice principles and practices but also go beyond them to describe a community-based approach Scott calls Active Peace Circles, which go more deeply into root causes and systems change. Cultivating an overall restorative mindset is primary, as is the framing of…

  • Voices for the Future: Building Bridges Across the Partisan Divide


    Dennis Cohen is the founder and CEO of Resolutionaries, a nonpartisan, non-profit dedicated to bringing Americans together. The aim of Resolutionaries is to inspire respectful conversation, nurture common civic values, and build bridges across ideological and political divides.   Dennis began his professional career as a lawyer and mediator, mediating with couples going through divorce since 2000. His…

  • Is it Just Us? Election Polarization in the USA


    Is it Just Us? Election Polarization in the USA & Global Trends 

  • LGBTQIA+: Author Talk & Living Room Conversation


    Attendees can ask questions as well as participate in a mini conversation using our LGBTQIA+ Exploring Our Understanding guide.Join us to celebrate Pride Month! For this live, online event, author Shannon Mannon will discuss her forthcoming book that helps parents of transgender children understand that their love for a child they didn’t expect can lead…

  • Community Conversations for Election 2024


    Virtual event organized by Colorado State Libraries. In this session, we will cover how to hold community conversations leading up to and following the 2024 election using the Living Room Conversations dialogue model. We will go over election resources and conversation guides that will enable your library to bring your community together around this topic through conversation.