Ideas at Work

Repairing Our Social Fabric

Join us for a special online conversation with John Wood, Jr. and April Lawson of Better Angels

Wednesday, February 19th

12:00pm Eastern

**Registration for this event is now closed.

John Wood Jr.
April Lawson

Rebuilding Civil Society in 2020

The Center for the Study of Liberty is delighted to bring you a LIVE online conversation with John Wood, Jr. and April Lawson of Better Angels.

Better Angels is a national citizens’ movement to reduce political polarization. By bringing “reds” and “blues” all across the country together in workshops, debates, and community alliances, they aim to teach practical skills and strategies for communicating across political differences. Yet their vision extends far beyond getting us all through the 2020 election. The leaders of this movement are asking questions like:

“Can we change the trajectory of our civic culture?”

“Can we repair our torn social fabric?”

Better Angels Gathering Photo
Better Angels logo

Join us for an important discussion about forging a new vision of unity for America.

John and April will share their insights about the “unmooring” that took place in 2016, the influence of college campuses on our national dialogue, the importance of rebuilding our “emotional economy,” and much more.

Meet Our Guests

John Wood Jr.
The John Wood Jr. Show logo
April Lawson
Better Angels event photo

John Wood Jr. is a national leader for Better Angels, a former nominee for congress, former Vice-Chairman of the Republican Party of Los Angeles County, and a noted writer and speaker on political issues and racial reconciliation. John is the host of “The John Wood Jr. Show,” a new podcast focused on looking beyond depolarization. He also co-hosts “The Better Angels Podcast.

April Lawson is the architect and director of the Better Angels Debates program.  She previously worked for David Brooks at The New York Times for 4 years and co-founded Weave: The Social Fabric Project at the Aspen Institute. Her own research focuses on morality, feminism, and America’s current fragmentation in politics and culture.

About the Session

Ideas at Work are free online conversations open to the public. Advance registration is required.

The session will last for one hour and fifteen minutes, and the Center will facilitate an interview and discussion with our guest via Zoom video chat. Participants will be required to use an online video chat platform in order to recreate the feel of an in-person interview and Q&A. A brief tutorial of the platform will be shared prior to the session.

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