- February 22, 2018
- 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Today most of us communicate from behind electronic screens, and studies show that Americans feel less connected and more divided than ever before. The blame for some of this disconnect can be attributed to our political landscape, but the erosion of our conversational skills as a society lies with us as individuals.
According to author and public radio host Celeste Headlee, the only way forward is to start talking to each other. In her new book We Need to Talk - How to Have Conversations that Matter, she shares the strategies that have made her a better conversationalist. Whether you're struggling to communicate with your child's teacher at school, a co-worker, or the people you love the most—Celeste offers smart and simple tools that can help us all have conversations that matter.
Join Celeste and CIIS professor Zara Zimbardo as they explore Celeste's life and work, and pick up some tips about how to have meaningful conversations in your own life.
Celeste Headlee is an award-winning journalist, public speaker and author of the book We Need To Talk - How To Have Conversations That Matter (Harper Wave). As the executive producer and host at Georgia Public Broadcasting and as the former host at National Public Radio, Celeste anchored shows including On Second Thought, Tell Me More, Talk of the Nation, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition. She also served as co-host of the national morning news show, The Takeaway, from PRI and WNYC, and anchored presidential coverage in 2012 for PBS World Channel. As an NPR host and journalist, Celeste Headlee has interviewed hundreds of people from all walks of life. Through her work, she has learned the true power of conversation and its ability to both bridge gaps or deepen wounds. In a time when conversations are often minimized to a few words in a text message and lack of meaningful communication and conversation abounds, Celeste sheds a much-needed light on the lost and essential art of conversation. Celeste's TEDx Talk sharing 10 ways to have a better conversation was listed as one of the most watched TED Talks in 2016 by CNBC and named the #1 must-watch TED Talk by Glassdoor with 12.5 million total views to date.
Zara Zimbardo is an Interdisciplinary Studies faculty in the BA Completion and MFA programs at CIIS. She is a presenter and published writer on topics of the social construction of whiteness, critical media literacy, Islamophobia, subversion of stereotypes in a time of war, social justice comedy, modern monsters and the zombie apocalypse, and representations of gender, race, consumerism and U.S. imperialism/militarism. Zara co-founded the White Noise Collective, an anti-racist feminist training and resource organization. She is a co-founder and Special Projects Director of Partners for Collaborative Change, which supports organizations to become more equitable through democratizing research planning and design, and through anti-oppression facilitation and coaching. Click here to learn more about her work.