Engaging the Other Conference

April 13-15

Edgewood College joins the Common Bond Institute in hosting Engaging the Other: The Power of Compassion, a participatory conference addressing the toxic polarization around social and political issues in the United States.

Facilitators representing the socio-political spectrum from right to left will guide opportunities for deep listening and compassionate dialogue, as well as practical action planning to increase civility in public discourse. In addition to immigration and violence, conference participants will determine many of the specific topics to be addressed through interactive roundtables.  

The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required.  

Conference Themes:

  • Transpartisan Dialogue
  • Violence in Public Spaces
  • Cultural Competency 
  • Impression of the Other

Conference Facilitators & Panelists:

  • Bonnie Carroll, military veteran, 2015 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, former staffer in the Reagan and Bush White Houses, and founding president of Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
  • Farha Abbasi, founder, Muslim Mental Health Conference and the Mental Health First Responder Training for Faith and Community Leaders; Managing editor of the Journal of Muslim Mental Health, and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Michigan State University
  • John Steiner, Bridge Alliance board member and trans-partisan activist
  • Amanda Roman, Director of Learning, Conscious Capitalism; founding partner,Living Room Conversations; co-founder, Bridge Alliance
  • Barbara Simonetti, past board chair, National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation


Conference Agenda:

Friday, 4/13, 4-8:30pm, Predolin Humanities Center. Registration will begin in the Predolin lobby at 3pm. Conference sessions, including opening remarks, round-table discussions, a World Café, and a plenary session will occur from 4p-8:30pm.

Saturday, 4/14, 9:30a-5:00p, round-table discussions, conference breakout sessions, and plenary sessions. Lunch is provided to all registered conference participants. 

Sunday, 4/15, 9:30-1p, round table discussions, conference breakout sessions, plenary sessions, and action planning.

Directions to Edgewood College:

For driving directions to the College during the Monroe Street Construction, please visit: Directions to Main Campus