Monday, July 11
7-8 pm

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Each month, in a respectful and open environment, we will explore a new topic led by a different community leader.

At the start of the program, we will be watching a 16-minute TED TALKS video, entitled “Stand with Ukraine in the fight against evil,” with chess player turned politician Garry Kasparov.

Following the viewing, we will open up a group discussion led by Dr. Joseph Baxer of the United Nations Association of Connecticut. He will discuss how this anti-Putin TED TALK intersects with the values and positions of the United Nations, and then invite participants to discuss their own responses and points of view.

Our wellness as individuals and as a community depends on continued sharing, support and conversation in times of celebration as well as in times of conflict.

Come Together and join us in fostering deeper conversations, listening to disparate experiences and points of view in the realm of challenging contexts. The opinions expressed by the video presenter, conversation facilitator, and program participants are welcomed for the purpose of fostering discussion and reflection, but are not intended to represent the views of the Pawling Free Library.

We understand that these conversations could be difficult to have, and believe that by coming together to find the willingness to listen and learn, we can aspire to create a stronger Pawling, where ALL community members feel safe, welcome and represented.

This program is being provided through a partnership with the Pawling Library and Pawling Yoga & Wellness.


About our presenter: Dr. Joseph Baxer is President of the United Nations Association of Connecticut and previous US representative to the United Nations for the London based NGO, Strategies for Peace. He is engaged in sustaining cultural diversity and mediating cross-cultural conflicts. His focus involves creating the atmosphere/conditions in which reconciliation can occur. He has led seminars and lectured locally and internationally on conflict resolution and cross cultural dialogue, including participation in international peace missions. His career has included stints teaching physics, serving as a high school principal, directing a homeless shelter, university lecturer and Church ministry.