Living Room Conversations & Story Stitch

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Living Room Conversations are a simple way to connect across divides through meaningful and authentic dialogue.

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Living Room Assignment Template

Conversation Agreements: How We Will Engage

  • Be curious and listen to understand. Conversation is as much about listening as it is about talking. You might enjoy exploring how others’ experiences have shaped their values and perspectives.
  • Show respect and suspend judgment. People tend to judge one another. Setting judgment aside opens you up to learning from others and makes them feel respected and appreciated. Try to truly listen, without interruption or crosstalk.
  • Note any common ground as well as any differences. Look for areas of agreement or shared values that may arise and take an interest in the differing beliefs and opinions of others.
  • Be authentic and welcome that from others. Share what’s important to you. Speak from your experience. Be considerate of others who are doing the same.
  • Be purposeful and to the point. Do your best to keep your comments concise and relevant to the question you are answering. Be conscious of sharing airtime with other participants.
  • Own and guide the conversation. Take responsibility for the quality of your participation and the conversation as a whole. Be proactive in getting yourself and others back on track if needed. Use an agreed upon signal like the “time out” sign if you feel the agreements are not being honored.
  • Practice humility. Know that you and others will make mistakes. That is okay. It's part of the process when engaging in vulnerable and authentic conversations.
Living Room Conversations

For the remainder of spring 2021 semester, Living Room Conversations will be held on a topic-specific basis in partnership with student organizations, clubs, departments and others.

Story Stitch

Story Stitch, developed by Green Card Voices, is a storytelling activity meant to foster connection, empathy and deeper conversations between people of different cultural backgrounds. For the remainder of the Spring 2021 Semester, Story Stitch will be offered in partnership with groups interested in building relationships, and trust to learn from each others' lived experiences. Please reach out to Catrina Huynh-Weiss if you are interested in our team hosting a Story Stitch hour. 

Please check the dates below to register for LRCs and Story Stitch.

Thursday, April 1, 2021 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

*** NEW *** this Spring Semester

Every Thursday

Story Stitch!

Join us every Thursday for a new conversation format called Story Stitch. Developed by Green Card Voices, Story Stitch is a guided storytelling activity meant to connect and build empathy between people of different cultural backgrounds.

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Monday, April 5, 2021 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Sustainability Month Conversation: Welcome to the Three-Legged Frog Environmental Club

This living room conversation invites you to join in a Three Legged Frog Student Club conversation. We start each club meeting with a question about our personal relationship with the environment or nature. We do this activity to connect ourselves with the work of environmentalism. It can be an enlightening practice to name what we love about nature, to uncover our connections to our environment, and to see the commonality or difference of our individual experiences. 

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Environmental Issues Background Information: While you don’t need to be an expert on this topic, sometimes people want background information.  AllSides, has prepared a variety of articles reflecting multiple sides of this topic. 

Monday, April 12, 2021 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

The Role of the Star-Spangled Banner on an Anti-Racist Campus

Like many choirs, the Minneapolis College Choir is asked to sing the Star-Spangled Banner for a variety of events, from sporting events to our campus Veterans’ Day flag-raising ceremony. But in recent years, some choir members have shared with their director, Liz Pauly, that they are not comfortable singing the Star-Spangled Banner. These conversations have always been respectful, but for Liz it brought home the idea that it might be time to have more discussion about the role of the Star-Spangled Banner on the Minneapolis College campus. She reached out to the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon committee, a committee formed to support the college in its commitment to U.S. military service members and Veterans through its designation as a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon company, as she believed that the veteran voice was crucial in this conversation. 

Today’s conversation includes members of the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon committee, members of the Minneapolis College choirs and members of the campus community at large to consider the question of the use of the Star-Spangled Banner on a campus that is committed to both the veteran community and being an anti-racist institution. 

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