Past Events

The Braver Angels Connecticut Alliance has hosted, co-sponsored, or promoted the following events.

2024

A Critical Conversation with John Wood Jr.

Braver Angels’ National Ambassador John Wood Jr. speaks on political polarization, bridging ideological divides, and fostering respectful and constructive conversations in today's society. This is part of a series of critical conversations at Quinnipiac University that provides intentional opportunities for engagement with difficult, yet timely issues facing our communities.

Update: Over 200 people attended. If you missed it, you can view the recording here.

Tackling Climate Change: The Importance of Finding Bi-Partisan Solutions


U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) and former U.S. Representative Bob Inglis (R-SC, currently Executive Director of RepublicEn) engage in a timely discussion about the importance of bi-partisan cooperation on the issue of climate change. Hear about Senator Murphy’s legislative progress on environmental issues with Republican colleagues in Congress and learn about Mr. Inglis’s evolution on this issue, along with his mission to re-frame the challenge of climate change in a way that better engages fellow conservatives. 

Event Organizer: League of Women Voters of Greenwich; Event Co-Sponsors: Braver Angels Connecticut Alliance, Connecticut Public, Town of Greenwich Sustainability Committee, Greenwich Audubon Center, Greenwich Land Trust, Greenwich Green and Clean, and Waste Free Greenwich.

For Newcomers & New Volunteers

2ND WED 7:00PM-8:00PM ET (Zoom) Sept to June

Tired of the toxic divisions tearing our country apart? You're not alone. At this Intro for Newcomers & Volunteers, learn how we're bringing together citizens from across the political spectrum to bridge the partisan divide, and how you can help too. 

7:00PM ET — Part 1: For newcomers & new members interested in learning about Braver Angels and our upcoming events to bridge the partisan divide. Feel free to stay for Part 2 also.

7:30PM ET — Part 2: For members interested in volunteering, locally or nationally. Feel free to attend Part 1 also to meet and greet newcomers.

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2023

Presenting a Teaching in a Polarized World: Bridging Differences in Our Classrooms

TUES NOV 7, 9:30AM-2:00PM ET (Zoom)


A program presented at a professional development day for 50+ social studies teachers at Connecticut's Tech High Schools, in collaboration with BridgeUSA and Starts With Us, as part of our Braver School Communities effort in Connecticut.

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Bridging the Covid Divide: Can We Move Forward
SAT OCT 21, 9:00AM-3:30PM ET,  The Berlin-Peck Memorial Library, 234 Kensington Road, Berlin, CT


The magnitude of the COVID pandemic, and related responses, caused deep fractures and great pain in our country, including a breakdown of trust in institutions, and in each other. Across our country, public response to national public health COVID policies has often been divided, and contentious. This workshop will bring together a small group of people who have different views on the national policy response to Covid for a series of exercises designed to help participants clarify disagreements, reduce stereotyped thinking, and discover common values.

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Update: With a strong demand by municipal-level elected officials and public servants in Connecticut, a second session was scheduled, with each session attended by ~75 people.

Managing Difficult Conversations with Constituents
TUES OCT 17, 10:00AM-12:00PM ET (Zoom)


Elected officials and staff frequently communicate with constituents with different points of view. With communities becoming more politically polarized and public dialogue becoming more confrontational, new skills are required for leaders to better navigate disagreements and encourage a more constructive environment for doing business. 


This workshop will equip elected official with practical tools they can use immediately to help lower the stress of difficult conversations and find common ground in an increasingly divisive environment. 

Co-sponsored by the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM), the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE), and the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) for their members.

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Depolarizing Within

SEPT, SEPT 16, 7:00PM-9:00PM ET (Zoom)

There's a lot of stress these days among family members and friends who are divided politically, and the current polarized public conversation doesn't help. Join other members of the Connecticut Alliance in learning skills for having respectful conversations that clarify differences, search for common ground, and affirm the importance of the relationship. 

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Update: Over 75 people attended this in-person event. If you missed it, you can view the recording here.

Bridging Our Differences: How to Have Curious Conversations
THURS APR 27, 7:00PM-8:15PM ET,  The Westport Library, 20 Jesup Rd, Westport, CT


Connecticut Public's Lucy Nalpathanchil talks with Mónica Guzmán and Wilk Wilkinson of Braver Angels about their work building bridges across differences. They share strategies everyone can use. The panel discussion will be followed by questions from the audience.

A partnership between Connecticut Public, the Braver Angels Connecticut Alliance, The Westport Library and the Hearst CT Media Group. 

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Book Club Series

Our first four-session Book Club series focused on I Never Thought of It That Way: How to Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times (Benbella Books, 2022) by Mónica Guzmán, Director of Digital & Storytelling at Braver Angels.


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THE ABORTION TALKS Documentary
SAT JAN 21, 6:30PM-9PM ET (film via online link / Q&A via Zoom)

Follows trial and murder convictions of a person who murdered two abortion clinic employees in Boston. Importantly, it is the story of six women who sought to find something deeper than justice. Disillusioned by the rhetoric and postering from both sides, three pro-life and three pro-choice leaders meet secretly to see if together they could fix their broken worlds. In true Braver Angels fashion, before Braver Angels was ever conceived, they were able to talk about their differences, respect each other, and become friends.

Co-sponsored by Braver Angels of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut

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For Newcomers & New Volunteers

2ND WED 7:00PM-8:00PM ET (Zoom) Sept to June

Tired of the toxic divisions tearing our country apart? You're not alone. At this Intro for Newcomers & Volunteers, learn how we're bringing together citizens from across the political spectrum to bridge the partisan divide, and how you can help too. 

7:00PM ET — Part 1: For newcomers & new members interested in learning about Braver Angels and our upcoming events to bridge the partisan divide. Feel free to stay for Part 2 also.

7:30PM ET — Part 2: For members interested in volunteering, locally or nationally. Feel free to attend Part 1 also to meet and greet newcomers.

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2022

Update: Over 125 people attended Connecticut's first "Braver Politics" event! If you missed it, you can view the recording here.

Moving Beyond Polarization: Making Politics Work

THURS, SEPT 8, 7:30PM-9:00PM ET (Zoom)

Join us for this special online event demonstrating how two state representatives—one red, one blue—can communicate across differences and bridge the political divide. In this first “Braver Politics” event in Connecticut, Braver Angels Co-Founder Bill Doherty will engage Republican State Representative Stephen Harding & Democratic State Representative Cristin McCarthy Vahey in discussing life experiences that have influenced their policy views, how polarization has impacted government, and what can be done to address it. A Q&A will follow the discussion. Open to people of any and all political viewpoints.

Co-sponsored by Connecticut Public and The Governor M. Jodi Rell Center for Public Service at the University of Hartford


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2021

Families & Politics

SUN, NOV 14, 1:00PM-3:15PM ET (Zoom)

Family relationships are casualties of our toxic political environment. Preserve important family bonds while staying true to your values. Learn strategies and skills for handling family political differences in a constructive way in Families & Politics: How to Talk with Loved Ones on the Other Side, a free Braver Angels workshop.

A Braver Angels national workshop hosted by the Connecticut Alliance

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