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Coffeehouse Conversations

A 90-minute version breakout session of the Coffeehouse, a highly-interactive public space of robust and critical dialogue designed to engage conference participants in a set of questions and thematics that connect with the thematics of Othering & Belonging.

The Coffeehouse conversations do not take place in a vacuum, but rather are designed to serve as a temperature check and interactive feedback loop for the conference at large, helping us build community and illuminating places of alignment as well as divergence among our perspectives. The content we delve into at the Coffeehouse will connect with ideas and themes lifted up on the mainstage and in breakout sessions, centralizing the questions "How can we operationalize belonging in our communities as well as in ourselves?" “How can we build a bigger “we” where no human, and no life, is outside the circle of human concern?”

From modern isolation and alienation, to conflict over values and our places of work and employment, to bridging across ideological lines, we’ll dive into deeply authentic, and perhaps even difficult conversations that will serve as a dialogic portal through which to view larger issues explored at the conference.

Both sessions will be led by Abdul-Rehman Malik and feature up several table hosts.