SDHC Offers Reflective Conversation Training

Specialty Instruction from Oregon Humanities Available in June

As part of the 2018 "Democracy and the Informed Citizen" initiative, SDHC will host two Reflective Conversation Facilitation Training sessions aimed at preparing facilitators to conduct civil and enlightened dialogue about current events and topics involving information literacy.  

Training is open to coordinators and experts involved in "Information Literacy" forums as part of the 2018 initiative. Co-hosting and promotion are offered by the South and North Dakota Humanities Councils. A Community Innovation Grant funded by the Bush Foundation through the South Dakota Community Foundation was awarded to SDHC for this opportunity.

Travel stipends are available for those travelling more than 100 miles to attend the training. Training sessions are limited to 25 participants. 

Sessions in Aberdeen and Brookings

Training sessions will be held on Wednesday, June 6 in Aberdeen and Thursday, June 7 in Brookings. Training will be provided by the Oregon Humanities, founders of the "Conversation Project." 

"The Conversation Project brings Oregonians together to talk—across differences, beliefs, and backgrounds—about important issues and ideas," according to Oregon Humanities. 

This focus fits well with SDHC's 2018 initiative, a key reason for selecting Oregon Humanities staff to provide training in South Dakota. 

SDHC's initiative explores "infoliteracy"—the skills needed to determine source quality, to recognize biases that can distort reporting, and to navigate the proliferating media available to consumers. The Oregon Humanities training "challenges people to think in new ways" in much the same way as the initiative. 

"Our goal is to connect people to ideas and to each other, not to push an agenda or arrive at consensus," says the organization of its specialized training. "We believe that conversation is a powerful medium to invite diverse perspectives, explore challenging questions, and strive for just communities."

As part of a special partnership created to promote the "Democracy and the Informed Citizen" initiative and explore the power of conversation, SDHC and the South Dakota Newspaper Association will host a series of public forums focusing on public trust and the media. The 12 South Dakota forums will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning authors, current and former journalists, journalism professors and others. 

Training Facilitators

Adam Davis of Oregon Humanities will appear in South Dakota this summer for

Adam Davis
Executive Director
Oregon Humanities

Adam has been the executive director of Oregon Humanities since 2013. Prior to joining Oregon Humanities, Davis directed the Center for Civic Reflection and edited Taking Action, Hearing the Call across Traditions, and The Civically Engaged Reader. Davis has led hundreds of community conversations and trained thousands of discussion leaders across the country in partnership with social service, educational, non-profit, and medical organizations. He has taught philosophy and literature for many years in the Clemente Course in the Humanities, a college program for adults living on low incomes. He earned his PhD from the University of Chicago and used to lead wilderness trail crews in the Pacific Northwest.

Rachel Bernstein of Oregon Humanities will appear in South Dakota this summer for

Rachel Bernstein
Partnership and Training Manager
Oregon Humanities

Rachel joined Oregon Humanities in 2015 as the first partnership and training manager. In her current role she builds and strengthens partnerships across the state, and recruits, trains and supports discussion facilitators. For the past decade her work has focused on building the civic capacity and engagement of coalitions, organizations, groups, and individuals through the creation and facilitation of workshops and trainings. Her workshops and trainings have focused on creating space for participants to learn about and advance issues of equity, social justice, and intersectionality.


June 6, 2018 Training Session

K.O. Lee Aberdeen Public Library
215 4th Ave SE
Aberdeen, SD 57401
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

June 7, 2018 Training Session

South Dakota State University
Yeager Hall Room 212 
1137 Campanile Ave
Brookings, SD 57006
8:30 a.m - 4 p.m

Apply by May 25

Interested in signing up for training? Please click the button below to apply today. Applications are due May 25.