Jan. 11, 20, Feb. 4 – Constructive Conversations Webinar Series: Finding Valid Information & How to Use It

Tired of today’s divisive rhetoric and political polarization? Frustrated by misinformation, disinformation, and the fact that lies travel faster than truth? Join us for a webinar series to learn tips for navigating the wide array of news sources and applying respectful and positive communication techniques when discussing hot button issues. These webinar sessions use a variety of sources and hot topics from recent news headlines. Learn more about this webinar series below.

Week 1 – January 11, 2021 | 7 PM – 8:30 PM EST

The SMELL Test + Skill: Effective Listening
stands for Source. Who is providing the information?
M is for Motivation. Why are they telling me this?
E represents Evidence. What evidence is provided for generalizations?
L is for Logic. Do the facts logically compel the conclusions?
L is for Left Out. What’s missing that might change our interpretation of the information?

Week 2 – January 20, 2021 | 7 PM – 8:30 PM EST

Effective Internet Searching + Skill: Moving From Positions to Interests and Understanding the Other Perspective

Week 3 – February 4, 2021 | 7 PM – 8:30 PM EST

Sources for Fact-Checking and Tips for Managing News on Social Media + Skill: How to Have Constructive Difficult Conversations


Pre-registration for these webinar sessions is required. Once you are registered, a link to the session will be sent to you. You may participate in all the webinar sessions or pick and choose. Miss one? Following the webinar sessions, the recordings will be available on the Resources page of this website

TECHNOLOGY NEEDED: You will need a working camera and microphone on your phone or computer to participate.

QUESTIONS? Please contact us at HudsonDEIAlliance@gmail.com.


Dr. Juliette Shedd is currently the Associate Dean and Associate Professor at the Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, George Mason University. She teaches both introductory and research methods courses and courses on terrorism, extremism, global conflicts, and ideologies.  She holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University and a BA in Political Science and Psychology from George Washington University.  Her research includes work on the relationship of media to conflict, specifically focused on media coverage of terrorism and the role of women in political violence.   She has shepherded the Carter School’s efforts to increase distance education and overseen a wide range of innovations in experiential and service learning.  She served as the academic project manager for the development of the school’s Point of View International Retreat and Research Center. Her practice engagements includes media literacy and dialogue training, conflict resolution in schools, police community engagement projects, and a series of community engagement processes for local government.

Jennifer Batton, M.A., a Northeast, Ohio native and former Hudson resident, has 24 years of experience in the field of conflict resolution working for state government, higher education, and a non-profit to help local and global communities build their capacity to prevent, address, and manage conflict.  A sample of her experience includes eight years as an administrator in state government in Ohio (serving approximately 3600 primary and secondary public schools and 52 teacher training colleges and universities), seven years as the director of the Global Issues Resource Center at Cuyahoga Community College, and international education work in 23 countries including serving as a consultant to the UN.  She provided direct service to more than 71 colleges and universities, 600 primary and secondary schools, and hundreds of civil society and governmental organizations.  She is a current member of the League of Women Voters (LWV) Hudson, the LWV Akron Area, serves on the Hudson City Schools Cultural Proficiency Advisory Committee, and recently coordinated the City of Hudson’s city-wide book read and dialogue for the Hudson DEI Taskforce. 


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