This fall 2018, the instructors and students of Harvard Law School’s “The Lawyer as Facilitator” course will host Let’s Disagree—a series of three small-group discussions, led by student facilitators as the capstone event of a semester-long facilitation workshop. We aim to convene people with diverse personal backgrounds and political views to address polarizing civic issues. Let’s Disagree is designed to explore deep differences of opinion in a facilitated setting that encourages participants to embrace and learn from conflict—to learn to disagree passionately on matters of vital civic importance, and still maintain a strong, vital community. We welcome students, staff, faculty, and members of the greater Boston community.
Let’s Disagree will meet from 1:00–2:30pm on October 31, November 7, and November 14, on the Harvard Law School campus. Participants are asked to commit to attending all three of the scheduled conversations and to bring a willingness to engage with respect and curiosity in a civil discussion of challenging issues. An optional 30-minute debrief with co-participants and facilitators will follow each session.
Topics will be determined near the time of each meeting of Let’s Disagree to ensure that each session is current and relevant.
If you are interested in applying to participate in this dialogue series, please fill out the application here. Your responses will help us select and assign participants to small groups with an eye to achieving a range of views and voices in each group.
We will follow up with you by email to let you know if you have been accepted to the program and confirm your participation.