LTC: Essential Partners' Reflective Structured Dialogue Method

Join us to learn how academic libraries can utilize Essential Partners' method for dialogue and deliberation to resolve conflicts, restore trust, gain understanding and move toward collaborative action.

Focusing on Essential Partners' Reflective Structured Dialogue method, this webinar will explore how academic libraries can explore diverse perspectives and engage deeply with community members on topics where there is great tension. Learn more about the Essential Partners' Reflective Structured Dialogue method. 

This free webinar series is offered as part of Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC): Models for Change, an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) and National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) that seeks to strengthen libraries' roles as core community leaders and agents of change.

PLEASE NOTE: This is the second in a three-part webinar series designed for academic libraries. Learn more about the previous series for public libraries serving large or urban communities. The final series (winter/spring 2018) will be for public libraries serving smaller, mid-sized and rural communities. Not sure which series is right for you? Email us.

Learning Outcomes

Participants in this session will:

  1. Learn how to create the setting and circumstances needed to hold curious and constructive conversations.
  2. Learn about the dynamics of stalled and polarized conversations
  3. Determine what role academic libraries can play in their communities to bridge divides and help participants learn about one another and the world.

Who Should Attend

Academic library workers


John Sarrouf first learned about Essential Partners while studying in the conflict resolution master's program at the University of Massachusetts. Since then, Sarrouf has facilitated dialogues on issues such as the relationship of police in their community; Israel-Palestine; faith and science; and human sexuality. He has helped to build dialogue programs at several universities around the country and brings a background of 15 years in the theater as an actor, director and administrator to all of his work. Currently, Sarrouf teaches in the department of peace and conflict studies at Gordon College in Wenham, Mass.




How to Register

Watch the recording

Tech Requirements

Attendees will need the following:

  • Access to a computer, laptop or tablet
  • Internet connection
  • Headphones or speakers


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