Search for Common Ground Event: 1/27/21, America at the Crossroads

The escalation of political violence of the past few weeks has left many of us feeling hopeless and scared. Across its history, the U.S. has faced few crises like this one. How did we get here? How do we grapple with deep divides and violent threats? What can each of us do to move the country toward a peaceful future?

To many, even after a hopeful Inauguration and peaceful transfer of power, it feels like we are inevitably sliding toward more tensions and violence. But violence is a choice, and so is peace.

Join Search for Common Ground on Wednesday, January 27th at 2:30 pm ET for a discussion with Shamil Idriss and Cynthia Miller-Idriss, two world-renowned experts on peacebuilding and violent extremism—who also happen to be married. They will discuss the origins of this wave of extremist violence, how peacebuilding can heal the United States, and suggest practical steps for each of us to take in building a country where we can live in community—separated by our differences but grounded in justice, equality, and respect.

Go here to register.


Published by David J. Smith

I am a career coach, consultant, and head of a not for profit - the Forage Center - that offers humanitarian education training. I also teach at George Mason University and Drexel University. A one time lawyer, I spent many years teaching in a community college where I was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching in Estonia. I'm the author of Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). I've been married to my best friend for over 31 years and we have two well adjusted adult children who teach me something new everyday. I live in Rockville, Maryland.

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