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January 2019

January 31, 2019, Gardiner, Make Shift Talk at Rotary

January 31 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am

Craig will discuss growing incivility, the political divide, and how Make Shift Coffee House is making a difference. Gardiner Rotary Kennebec Valley Boys and Girls Club on Pray St. in Gardiner Guests are welcome and encouraged. Please RSVP to Craig at least 2 days prior to the event: craig@freshley.com

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February 2019

February 10, 2019, Ellsworth, The Constitution

February 10 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Ellsworth High School, 24 Lejok Street
Ellsworth, Maine 04605
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Join us at the Ellsworth High School to discuss What does the Constitution Mean to You? How does the Constitution affect your daily life? Is the Constitution being applied appropriately today? Should the Constitution be changed inany way? How should the constitution apply to: Firearms? Healthcare? Free speech? Immigration? States rights? Separation of Church and State? 2:30pm to 4:30pm, Sunday, February 10, 2019 at Ellsworth High School Cafeteria Complementary coffee and snacks by FLEXIT Café Live music provided by The Jazz Collective…

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March 2019

March 19, 2019, Portland, Can Civility Save Us?

March 19 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am
Portland Country Club, 11 Foreside Rd
Falmouth, ME
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$30

Can Civility Save Us? Incivility is growing nationwide.  What effect is this having on your workplace? PROGRAM What's the right response to growing incivility and troubling political trends? What role should civil discourse play to bring change or make peace; in the world and in your workplace? Come hear public policy expert Craig Freshley share his views on these questions and join a discussion with your peers. Craig Freshley will explain how civility is eroding in America and how Make…

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March 22, 2019, Lewiston, Role of Government

March 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
University of Southern Maine Lewiston-Auburn College 51 Westminster St, Lewiston, ME 04240, 51 Westminster Street, Room 170
Lewiston, Maine 04240
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What is the Rightful Role of Government in America? How should government affect your daily life? Should government be doing more? doing less? What role should government play in: Immigration? Healthcare? Education? Climate change? Social justice? Business regulation? Other issues? Free food and coffee! Live music by Ian Leavitt and friends! ALL WELCOME!  Follow this link to see what a Make Shift Coffee House is like.

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March 25, 2019, Engaging in Civil Discourse with Campuses & Communities, Eastern Regional Campus Compact Biennial Conference

March 25 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

At this conference titled "Educating for Democracy: Innovating in Complex Times" Craig presented a workshop on Make Shift Coffee House to representatives from colleges across the Northeast.

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April 2019

April 25 2019, Machias, Political Divide

April 25
Whitneyville Public Library, 51 School Street
Whitneyville, ME 04654

Sharing Stories to Bridge the Political Divide How did you come to have the political views that you have? What experiences have influenced your views the most? Come join neighbors to share food, music, your political views…and the stories behind them! Live Music. Free coffee and snacks provided by the Friends of the Whitneyville Public Library As with all Make Shift Coffee Houses, this is not a debate. It’s simply about understanding each other’s political views. Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, Greens,…

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May 2019

May 21, 2019, Yarmouth, Role of Government

May 21 @ 6:30 am - 8:30 pm
Patriot Insurance Company, 701 US 1 Suite 1
Yarmouth, ME 04096 United States
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As with all Make Shift Coffee Houses, this is not a debate. It’s not about persuading each other or arguing with each other. It’s not about deciding what’s best or what’s worse, who’s right or who’s wrong, who’s good or who’s bad. It’s simply about UNDERSTANDING each other’s political views. It’s a lot more about listening than telling. We want to hear your political views AND how your views were shaped by your childhood, your education, and other influences on your life. Timing 6:15  …

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June 2019

June 9, 2019, A Model to Bridge the Political Divide on Campus with Community Engagement, Intergroup Dialogue Conference at U. Mass, Amherst

June 9 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

At this conference titled "Intergroup Dialogue: Pedagogy of Possibilities" Craig presented a workshop on Make Shift Coffee House to representatives from colleges across the Northeast.

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August 2019

August 1, 2019, Yarmouth, How Do Labels Work for You?

August 1 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Patriot Insurance Company, 701 US 1 Suite 1
Yarmouth, ME 04096 United States
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Are your political views different from the labels? Do you fall in line with political party ideals? Why are we so quick to label others? Please join us to explore political labels, stereotypes, and code words; how they help or hinder, and why we use them. Make Shift Coffee Houses are not debates. We aim to learn about and understand each other’s political views, talk with our neighbors, and enjoy good company. Click here for specifics about the format and what…

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October 2019

October 9, 2019, Belfast, What Are American Values?

October 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Troy Howard Middle School, 173 Lincolnville Road
Belfast, ME United States
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This is one of a series of three Make Shift Coffee Houses planned for the Waldo County area,  Maine, USA. The three events are guided by a local committee co-chaired by Independent, Cathy Roberts and Republican, Patty Keyes. As with all Make Shift Coffee Houses, this is not a debate. It’s simply about UNDERSTANDING each other’s political views. Come enjoy free food, coffee, music and respectful face-to-face conversation. All are welcome! No RSVP, registration, or tickets required. Just show up. Republicans,…

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