Courageous Conversations: Why They Matter & How to Have Them

Tuesday, October 20 at 7:00 PM, English Department and Humanities Coordinator Barbara Whitlock will share ideas and techniques on having courageous conversations in public and private spaces. Join us! RSVP using this form.
Our polarized culture endangers the future stability of our local and national communities. As members of a democratic society, we need to practice character traits that reinforce civic virtue in order to form ourselves and those entrusted to our care to become the kind of self-disciplined, civic-minded citizens who will help strengthen and improve our country. We know that a more perfect union starts with the actions we as individuals display.

During our Courageous Conversations webinar, you'll learn how to cultivate intellectual virtues, such as careful thoroughness in discovering truth, to become a well-informed citizen, having the right disposition of heart - humility and curiosity to learn more and to love all by lifting up the good of others - and having formed good character to reflect and engage courageously, patiently and responsibly while affirming the freedom and dignity of each person. 

By the end of this engaging event, you, too, will feel informed and prepared to continue these critical lessons in your own workplace, neighborhood or home. 

Barbara Whitlock is in her ninth year teaching English and history at Montrose, and she serves as a club advisor to the student newspaper, writing club and the Multicultural Club. Barbara earned her BA in Political Science and Journalism at Rider University, did graduate work in Political Philosophy at the University of Virginia, and is currently a Kern Foundation fellow studying for an MA in Character Education at the University of Birmingham (UK) in conjunction with the Jubilee Centre for Character & Virtue. She is nearing her third decade of teaching, including at Middlesex School, where she has lived with her husband and raised five daughters for the past 34 years, the Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsboro, and 15 years of homeschooling.