League of Women Voters program to focus on ‘civil discourse’

For the Tomahawk Leader

NORTHERN WISCONSIN – What makes a difficult conversation difficult? How does one cope with personal reactions to those difficult conversations?

The League of Women Voters of the Northwoods (LWVNOW) will host a virtual program discussing these questions on Tuesday, April 13, at 4 p.m.  The program, free and open to the public, is titled “Civil Discourse” and will be presented by Jane Banning.


Banning received her Master’s of Science in social work from UW-Madison, worked in healthcare for 12 years, and directed the Clinical Teaching and Assessment Center at UW School of Medicine and Public Health.

Banning “will share some basic skills in how to converse with people with whom we disagree and some strategies for keeping our cool,” according to LWVNOW.

“Jane will also give us some insight as to how our brains work (stories vs. facts and data) and offer guidelines for asking great questions,” LWVNOW stated.

For further information on the meeting and a link to register, visit www.lwvnow.org. The meeting will be recorded and will be available on the league’s YouTube channel, LWVNOW Information.

The LWVNOW encompasses Florence, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas counties. The local league belongs to the state and national League of Women Voters, “a non-partisan organization devoted to helping members and fellow citizens develop educated political opinions and act upon them through the democratic process.” The league’s monthly meetings and sponsored events are open to all. Contact the league by emailing [email protected] or visiting www.lwvnow.org.

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