Elevate NOVA Book Circle - Fireside Chat

Nov 14, 2023 9:00 AM

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Mónica Guzmán: I Never Thought of It That Way

Tuesday, November 14, 2023 | Hybrid Program

9:00 - 11:00 am
Registration Fees - IN-PERSON: $30  |  VIRTUAL: $15
Community Foundation's Penthouse Conference Room
3201 Jermantown Road, Fairfax VA

Join the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for a Fireside Chat with author Mónica Guzmán to discuss her book that has been the subject of the inaugural Elevate NOVA Book Circle: I Never Thought of It That Way: How to Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times.


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Mónica Guzmán is a bridge builder, journalist, and author who lives for great conversations sparked by curious questions. Her new book, "I Never Thought of it That Way: How to Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times" was featured on the Glenn Beck Podcast and named a New York Times recommended read. She’s Senior Fellow for Public Practice at Braver Angels, the nation’s largest cross-partisan grassroots organization working to depolarize America; founder and CEO of Reclaim Curiosity, an organization working to build a more curious world; cofounder of the award-winning Seattle newsletter The Evergrey; and advisor for Starts With Us and the Generations Over Dinner project. She was a 2019 fellow at the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, where she studied social and political division, and a 2016 fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, where she researched how journalists can rethink their roles to better meet the needs of a participatory public. Mónica is the inaugural McGurn Fellow at the University of Florida, working with researchers at the UF College of Journalism and Communications and beyond to better understand ways to employ techniques described in her book to boost understanding. She was named one of the 50 most influential women in Seattle, served twice as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes, and plays a barbarian named Shadrack in her besties’ Dungeons & Dragons campaign. A Mexican immigrant, Latina, and dual US/Mexico citizen, she lives in Seattle with her husband and two kids and is the proud liberal daughter of conservative parents.


penguin random house 9781637740323With our community steeped in divide, Mónica set out to find what was blinding us and discovered the most eye-opening tool we’re not using: our own built-in curiosity. The book explores how avoiding one another is hurting our relationships and our society.

Mónica presents a timely and heartening guide, in a way that feels deeply personal yet universal. As the chief storyteller for the national cross-partisan depolarization organization Braver Angels, Mónica takes you to the real front lines of a crisis that threatens to grind America to a halt—broken conversations among confounded people. [View Discussion Guide]
Breakfast will be provided for in-person guests, and our conference space is limited to the first 75 guests who register.  With more than 400 participants in this book circle program, be sure to reserve your space early!

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