Transformative Conversations

The Transformative Conversations@BROWN Project will provide many opportunities for our community to learn from each other and from notable experts. A goal of this Project is to facilitate learning of critical skills and tools for challenging conversations across our diverse perspectives and differences.

Opportunities to have Transformative Conversations













Seaman Lecture on February 11, 2014 at 4 pm in MacMillan 117. Law professor, Osagie Obasogie, will share his findings from his recent study focused on how blind people understand race and what they can tell us about color-blindness. His talk will be followed by a book signing and informal reception. More information about Prof. Obasogie's research can be found in a Boston Globe article on January 19, 2014 and NPR on September 23, 2013. This lecture is co-sponsored by SEAS, Office of Institutional Diversity, and the Heritage Series of the TWC.

Difficult Conversations

We attempt or avoid difficult conversations every day-whether dealing with an underperforming employee, disagreeing with a spouse, or negotiating with a client. From the Harvard Negotiation Project, the organization that brought you Getting to Yes, Difficult Conversations provides a step-by-step approach to having those tough conversations with less stress and more success. you'll learn how to:

• Decipher the underlying structure of every difficult conversation
• Start a conversation without defensiveness
• Listen for the meaning of what is not said
• Stay balanced in the face of attacks and accusations
• Move from emotion to productive problem solving

Additional Readings

  • Steele, C. (2010) Whistling Vivaldi: How stereotypes affect us and what we can do. New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company
  • Banaji, M.R. and Greenwald, A.G. (2013) Blind spot; Hidden biases of good people. New York, NY: Delacorte Press.

Prof. Ross Cheit - Feb. 27 Taubman Center lecture
Ross Cheit, Brown Professor of Political Science and Public Policy presents "The Amazing True Story of How 81 Brown Undergraduates Helped Give 'Extreme Research' Its Name."

Cheit will give an inside look at the challenges of trial court research and the fifteen-plus years that went into his new book, "The Witch-Hunt Narrative: Politics, Psychology, and the Sexual Abuse of Children."

Thursday, February 27, noon
Taubman Center for Public Policy, 67 George St.