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May 2018

May 29, 2018 Camden, Political Divide

May 29, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Camden Public Library, 55 Maine Street,
Camden, ME United States
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Neighbors Talking Across Political Divides Tuesday, May 29, 2018     6:00pm – 8:30pmC Camden Public Library 55 Maine Street, Camden, Maine Click here for a radio interview of Craig Freshley talking about the Make Shift Coffee House at Camden Public Library. A Make Shift Coffee House is where people with differing political views can meet and learn from each other. There’s coffee and food and live music. Guided by a neutral moderator, all voices and views are heard and respected.…

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June 2018

June 19, 2018, Colby College, Nevola Symposium

June 19, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Colby College

Civil Discourse: The Outward and Inward Work of Bridging Divides and Finding Peace in the Face of Differences This is the title of this year’s Nevola Symposium on Spirituality and Health at Colby College, Waterville, Maine. Register and learn more here. At this year’s Symposium Craig Freshley will offer two workshops where he will discuss the Make Shift Coffee House model. Participants will actually experience a Make Shift Coffee House as part of each workshop. The Nevola Symposium is sponsored by the…

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August 2018

August 14, 2018 Portland, Can Civility Save Us?

August 14, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square
Portland, ME United States
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Can Civility Save Us? A Public Talk, Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 5:30pm Portland Public Library 5 Monument Square, Portland, Maine What’s the right response to troubling political trends? Protest? Tweet? Violence? Vote? What role should civil discourse play to bring change or make peace? Come hear Make Shift Coffee House founder and public policy expert Craig Freshley share his views and lead a discussion.   Craig Freshley speaks with John McDonald on WGAN weekend radio show about the August 14…

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September 2018

September 27, 2018 Windham, Political Divide

September 27, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Windham Veteran’s Center, 35 Veterans Memorial Dr,
Windham, ME 04062 United States
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Why are political differences so hard? How does the political divide affect your everyday life? What ARE the political differences that divide us?  If you affiliate with a particular political party, why?  If you feel strongly about a political issue, why? We want to hear your views AND how your views were shaped by your childhood, your education, and other influences on your life.

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October 2018

October 8, 2018 UNE – Biddeford, Guns

October 8, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
University of New England, 630 Pool St
Biddeford, ME 04005 United States
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What About Guns? A conversation about the role of guns in contemporary American society. This event is part of The President’s Forum (an event series on controversial issues at the University of New England), in partnership with a Make Shift Coffee House (a pop-up place for people to understand each other’s political views). Audience participation will be encouraged. Special guests: • State Senator Eric Brakey, Republican, Senate Chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee • State Representative Charlotte Warren,…

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October 10, 2018, University of Southern Maine, Equality

October 10, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Woodbury Campus Center, 35 Bedford St
Portland,, ME 04101 United States
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Does equality mean that underprivileged people should get more? How do you know if something is unequal? Can “separate but equal” work well? Does equal access to space and other resources make everything okay? Should we force people to share?

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October 23, 2018, University of Maine, How You Vote

October 23, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
University Of Maine – Orono, Student Union North Pod, China Rd
Orono, ME 04473 United States
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Make Shift Coffee House

Why Do You Vote The Way You Do? 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,…

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October 25, 2018, Bowdoin, Political Divide

October 25, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Bowdoin College – Smith Union, 255 Maine Street
Brunswick, ME 04011 United States
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If you are a Republican, why? If you are a Democrat, why? If you are a Green or a Libertarian, or not in a political party at all, why? Why do you see things the way you do? Do you think people have less tolerance today for people with different views? Do you think we are becoming more politically polarized? Why?

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October 31, 2018, Wells, Can Civility Save Us?

October 31, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm, 342 Laudholm Farm Rd
Wells, ME 04090 United States
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What’s the right response to troubling political trends? ⇒Protest? ⇒Tweet? ⇒Violence? ⇒Vote? What role should civil discourse play to bring change or make peace? Come hear Make Shift Coffee House founder and public policy expert Craig Freshley share his views and lead a discussion. As a volunteer Craig has organized 25 Make Shift Coffee Houses – places where liberals and conservatives come to understand each other’s political views. As a professional facilitator Craig has run over 3000 meetings of nonprofits,…

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December 2018

December 4 2018, Portland Public Library, The Presidency

December 4, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square
Portland, ME
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The Presidency. What do you LIKE about the Presidency? What do you DISLIKE about the Presidency? How GOOD is the Presidency for our country? How BAD is the Presidency for our country? What do YOU think about the President? And why do you think the way you do? This is not debate. It’s not about deciding who’s right or wrong, who’s good or bad. It’s about UNDERSTANDING each other’s political views. We want to understand WHY you think the way…

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