by Tane Danger, Westminster Town Hall Forum, Director
We are not hopelessly divided. The rifts in our politics and culture are surmountable. We can heal our nation and our world, if we choose to do so. These are the messages four intellectually diverse speakers will present this fall at the Westminster Town Hall Forum. All forums are free and open to all, both in-person and via livestream. A musical performance will precede each program and a reception will follow each forum.
Learn more at WestminsterForum.org.
Wednesday, October 5 | Noon
Service: The Antidote to Polarization
Jonathan Reckford serves as chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International. He will speak to how service can build community across difference.
Tuesday, October 25 | Noon
Mending the Rural-Urban Rift
Lisa Pruitt’s roots in rural America go back five generations. As a legal scholar at the University of California Davis, she studies how rural and urban communities engage the state differently. She will argue against conflating rurality with whiteness, while seeking a more nuanced understanding of rural and working-class whites, especially in the era of Trump.
Tuesday, November 22 | 6 pm
A Conversation with Eric Holder
Eric Holder served as the 82nd and first African American Attorney General of the United States. Since leaving the Obama administration, he has been organizing for voting rights and redistricting. He will speak at the Forum with Senior Pastor the Rev. Dr. Tim Hart-Andersen about his work and his new book, Our Unfinished March: The Violent Past and Imperiled Future of the Vote–A History, A Crisis, A Plan.
Thursday, December 8 | Noon
Why We Fight: Global Conflict and How to Avert It
Chris Blattman of the University of Chicago is an internationally acclaimed expert on violence and peacebuilding. He will speak about his new bestselling book, Why We Fight, which explains the five reasons why conflict (rarely) blooms into war, and how to interrupt that deadly process.