Words Over Time intergenerational dialogues promote age-spanning, perspective-shifting conversations between OLLI members and Berkeley undergraduates discussing topics of critical importance to all. Facilitated by Berkeley's Darren Zook, the dialogue offers an invaluable opportunity to initiate civil, reflective, and meaningful conversation across the chronological divide and across the social and political landscape. Topics have included mental health and emotional well-being, climate change, the funding of higher education, and women's rights and the #MeToo Movement. Words Over Time is for current OLLI members only.
Building Trust: Can We Ever Find a Path to Unity?
Friday, April 16, 2021
Regardless of where one sits on the political spectrum, it would be difficult to deny that over the past four years the United States has become a more deeply-divided polity and society than at any other time in the recent past. That division has sown the seeds of a pervasive mistrust that corrodes the foundations of civil society and democracy. Mistrust of the media, of political institutions, of policymakers, of persons with different political perspectives, of persons from different identity groups—to name just a few—seems to be growing everywhere. Is it possible to learn to trust again, to build bridges to other persons and communities whose lives and views may differ, often significantly, from our own? If unity is possible, how can we get there? What is the best way forward? This Words Over Time intergenerational dialog is intended to address these and other related questions in a way that is engaging, innovative, transformative, and empowering.