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How Can You Think That?

A Political Book Club

Are you frustrated by the current level of political discussion and the polarization of opinions? 

There must be a better way to discuss politics than what we see on the internet and television or hear in shouting matches between people who disagree with each other.

Our political book club members are interested in  bridging political divides and having intelligent, civilized conversations about why conservatives and liberals often find it hard to meet on common ground.

We are a diverse group of people from a variety of backgrounds and ways of thinking.

Every month,  we feature a new book as our basis for discussion.

When: 4th Tuesday of the month.
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Dates: 2018:  Sept. 25, Oct. 23, Nov.27 (no Dec meeting), 2019: Jan. 22, Feb. 26, March 26, April 23, May 28
Where: cSpace , Room 310, 1721-29 Ave. SW
Facilitator:

Jim Conway, retired Calgary lawyer, will facilitate this group.

[Julie Sedivy, a Calgary-based writer & language scientist, an adjunct associate professor at the University of Calgary has provided assistance in organizing the book club]

Register: Jim Conway 
Maximum: 12 participants with "drop ins" welcome

At our first meeting on September 25th, we will be discussing:

Political Tribes - Group Instinct and The Fate of Nations, by Amy Chua

“Humans are tribal. We need to belong to groups. In many parts of the world, the group identities that matter the most - the ones that people will kill and die for  - are ethnic, religious, sectarian or clan based. 

“But because America tends to see the world in terms of nation-states engaged in great ideological battles - Capitalism versus Communism, Democracy versus Authoritarianism, the “Free World” versus the “Axis of Evil” we are often spectacularly oblivious to the power of tribal politics.”

The book is available at the Public Library, Shelf Life Books, Kindle store and iBooks.

Book Titles for Group Meetings:

OCT. 23      NOTLEY NATION   - DON BRAID

NOV. 27      PREDATOR STATE  - JAMES K. GALBRAITH

JAN. 22       MAXIMUM CANADA  - DOUG SAUNDERS

FEB 26        POST TRUTH -  LEE MCINTYRE

MAR 26      WHITE WORKING CLASS - JOAN WILLIAMS

APRIL 23    FANTASYLAND - KURT ANDERSEN

MAY 28      THE BIG SHIFT - DARRELL BRICKER and JOHN IBBITSON 

Before you register you must be a member of CALL.

*To participate in most programs, you must be a member.  Exceptions are listed as Open to the Public


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