Dialogue With Neighbors

Benning (Dorothy I. Height) LibraryMt. Pleasant LibraryPetworth LibraryTenley-Friendship LibraryWest End LibraryWoodridge Library

Dialogue With Neighbors

A Community Conversation Series

Please join us across the city for a three-part structured community dialogue in June 2018. Each dialogue will build on the previous one. And while some may not be able to attend all three dialogues, we are hoping for a core group to be part of all three dialogues so the conversation can deepen over the three weeks. Refreshments will be served at all dialogue sessions.

What is a Dialogue?
A community dialogue is a structured conversation that happens over multiple sessions where participants speak from their personal experience and explore both the differences and the common ground that exist among them about the dialogue topic. In dialogue, we are interested in listening to understand rather than serial monologuing (which can happen in discussion) or listening to gain advantage (which typically happens in debate.) In dialogue, we do not try to convince others of our points of view. There is no emphasis on winning, but rather on learning, collaborating and creating new and shared understanding.

Dialogue with Neighbors Events:

Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library
Topic: Moving In/ Moving Out: How Gentrification Affects Your Life
Part One Wednesday, June 13, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Part Two Wednesday, June 20, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Part Three Wednesday, June 27, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Petworth Neighborhood Library 
Topic: What Does it Mean to Be a Washingtonian? 
Part One: Thursday, June 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Part One: Thursday, June 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Part Three: Thursday, June 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library
Topic: What Does It Mean to Be a Washingtonian?- Let's Talk About What Matters to You
Part One Wednesday, June 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Part Two Wednesday, June 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Part Three Wednesday, June 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

West End Neighborhood Library
Topic: Public Space and the West End Neighborhood Library: A Deeper Conversation
Part One: Monday, June 11, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Part Two Monday, June 18, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Part Three Monday, June 25, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Woodridge Neighborhood Library
Topic: 
Washingtonian or DC? What does it mean to live here today? 
Part One: Thursdays, June 14, 6-8 p.m.
Part Two: Thursday, June 21, 
6-8 p.m.
Part Three: Thursday, June 28, 6-8 p.m.

Benning Neighborhood Library 
Topic: Is Your Playlist Playing You? 
This is a specially themed Teen Dialogue for ages 13-19.
Part One: Thursday, June 21, 1-3 p.m.
Part Two: Thursday, June 28, 
1-3 p.m.
Part Three: Thursday, July 5, 1-3 p.m.


This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.