Listen First in Charlottesville

Presented by Bridge Alliance Education Fund
April 20–22, 2018

  • To support the continued healing and reconciliation in Charlottesville. 

  • To inspire America toward mending our frayed social fabric by bridging divides with conversations that prioritize understanding.

Keynotes & Event Hosts

  Rev. F. Willis Johnson - Ferguson pastor who  stood  for strength and love in the middle of protests

Rev. F. Willis Johnson - Ferguson pastor who stood for strength and love in the middle of protests

 Christian Picciolini - Former white supremacist leader  working  to end the hate; Author,  White American Youth

Christian Picciolini - Former white supremacist leader working to end the hate; Author, White American Youth

 Andrea Copeland-Whitsett -  Director of Member Education Services,  Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce

Andrea Copeland-Whitsett -  Director of Member Education Services, Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce

 Donna Brazile - Former Democratic National Committee Chair

Donna Brazile - Former Democratic National Committee Chair

 Peter Yarrow - Singer, Peter, Paul and Mary  

Peter Yarrow - Singer, Peter, Paul and Mary
 

 Michael Steele - Former Republican National Committee Chair and former Lt. Gov of Maryland

Michael Steele - Former Republican National Committee Chair and former Lt. Gov of Maryland

 Dr. Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer - Executive Director,  National Institute for Civil Discourse  

Dr. Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer - Executive Director, National Institute for Civil Discourse 

 Pearce Godwin - Founder,  Listen First Project  &  Listen First Coalition  

Pearce Godwin - Founder, Listen First Project & Listen First Coalition 

 Debilyn Molineaux - Co-Director,  Bridge Alliance  & Managing Partner,  Living Room Conversations

Debilyn Molineaux - Co-Director, Bridge Alliance & Managing Partner, Living Room Conversations

Conversation Hosts

 Chuck Tyler - Political Director,  SMART Politics  & Charlottesville native (Host: Charlottesville's Historical Divisions and Fresh Wounds

Chuck Tyler - Political Director, SMART Politics & Charlottesville native (Host: Charlottesville's Historical Divisions and Fresh Wounds

 Charlene Green - Manager, Charlottesville Office of Human Rights (Host: Charlottesville Working to Heal and Progress

Charlene Green - Manager, Charlottesville Office of Human Rights (Host: Charlottesville Working to Heal and Progress

  Dr. Brian Williams - Trauma surgeon who     treated   the police officers killed in Dallas    (Host: A Nation Divided)

Dr. Brian Williams - Trauma surgeon who treated the police officers killed in Dallas
(Host: A Nation Divided)

 Sandy Heierbacher - Founding Director,  National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation   (Host: Bridging Divides Across America)

Sandy Heierbacher - Founding Director, National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation 
(Host: Bridging Divides Across America)

Conversation: Charlottesville's Historical Divisions and Fresh Wounds

 Susan Bro - Mother of Heather Heyer who was killed during protests on August 12, 2017

Susan Bro - Mother of Heather Heyer who was killed during protests on August 12, 2017

 Kathy Galvin - Charlottesville City Councilwoman

Kathy Galvin - Charlottesville City Councilwoman

 Bernard Whitsett, II - President and CEO, Legacy Asset Management Board

Bernard Whitsett, II - President and CEO, Legacy Asset Management Board

 Andrew Baxter - Fire Chief, Charlottesville

Andrew Baxter - Fire Chief, Charlottesville

Conversation: Charlottesville Working to Heal and Progress

 Rabbi Tom Gutherz - Congregation Beth Israel

Rabbi Tom Gutherz - Congregation Beth Israel

 Antonio Rice - Development Director,  Charlottesville Salvation Army

Antonio Rice - Development Director, Charlottesville Salvation Army

 Sarah Kenny - Former President, UVA Student Council

Sarah Kenny - Former President, UVA Student Council

 Ryal Thomas - Owner, Ryal's Furniture

Ryal Thomas - Owner, Ryal's Furniture

Remarks on Charlottesville

 Allen Groves - Dean of Students, University of Virginia

Allen Groves - Dean of Students, University of Virginia

 Tom Walls - Executive Director, UVA's  Sorensen Institute

Tom Walls - Executive Director, UVA's Sorensen Institute

 Dr. Wes Bellamy - Charlottesville City Councilman

Dr. Wes Bellamy - Charlottesville City Councilman

 Jeff Lenert - Owner, WPVC 94.7

Jeff Lenert - Owner, WPVC 94.7

 Joe Thomas - Radio Host, WCHV 107.5  

Joe Thomas - Radio Host, WCHV 107.5
 

Conversation: A Nation Divided

 Cissie Graham Lynch - Global missionary, Member of President Trump's Evangelical Advisory Board

Cissie Graham Lynch - Global missionary, Member of President Trump's Evangelical Advisory Board

 Renaldo Pearson - Organizer, Democracy Spring & Social Engineer in Residence, Harvard University

Renaldo Pearson - Organizer, Democracy Spring & Social Engineer in Residence, Harvard University

 Matt Kibbe - Leader of Tea Party and Libertarian movements    

Matt Kibbe - Leader of Tea Party and Libertarian movements


 

 Elizabeth (Liz) Hume - Senior Director for Programs and Strategy,  Alliance for Peacebuilding

Elizabeth (Liz) Hume - Senior Director for Programs and Strategy, Alliance for Peacebuilding

Conversation: Bridging Divides Across America

 David Leaverton -  Founder & President at  Undivided Nation

David Leaverton -  Founder & President at Undivided Nation

 David Blankenhorn - President,  Better Angels

David Blankenhorn - President, Better Angels

 Hawk Newsome -  President, Black Lives Matter of Greater New York,  spoke  at pro-Trump rally that he was protesting

Hawk Newsome -  President, Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, spoke at pro-Trump rally that he was protesting

 Liz Joyner - Executive Director,  Village Square  

Liz Joyner - Executive Director, Village Square 

 Joseph Pinion - Founder,  Conservative Color Coalition  & CNN Contributor

Joseph Pinion - Founder, Conservative Color Coalition & CNN Contributor

Remarks on America

 Graham Bodie, PhD - VP, Training,  Listen First Project

Graham Bodie, PhD - VP, Training, Listen First Project

 John Gable - Founder & CEO,  AllSides

John Gable - Founder & CEO, AllSides

 Erin Leaverton - Co-Founder,  Undivided Nation

Erin Leaverton - Co-Founder, Undivided Nation

 John Sarapata - Head of Engineering,  Jigsaw  (formerly Google Ideas)  

John Sarapata - Head of Engineering, Jigsaw (formerly Google Ideas)
 

 John Steiner - Vice President,  Mediators Foundation   

John Steiner - Vice President, Mediators Foundation
 

 Katie Hyten - Director of Program Operations,  Essential Partners

Katie Hyten - Director of Program Operations, Essential Partners

 Dr. Karin Tamerius - Founder & Executive Director,  SMART Politics

Dr. Karin Tamerius - Founder & Executive Director, SMART Politics

 David Estrin - Founder & CEO,  Together We Remember   

David Estrin - Founder & CEO, Together We Remember
 

 John Rider - Chief Communications Officer,  Bridge USA   

John Rider - Chief Communications Officer, Bridge USA
 

  Shannon Martinez - Regional Coordinator,  Against Violent Extremism Network

Shannon Martinez -Regional Coordinator, Against Violent Extremism Network

Event Sponsors 

Weekend Program

Friday, April 20th, 6pm, various locations

Village Square & Connect Cville Challenge invite you to host or attend diverse Charlottesville Dinners. 

Friday, April 20th, 8:30pm, The Haven

Concert by Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary.

Saturday, April 21st, 1-5:30pm, Sprint Pavilion

Listen First Conversations which prioritize understanding among panels of local and national influencers as well as personal conversations amongst all attendees that both enhance understanding and spark ideas for action, followed by inspiring keynotes. Conversation topics include:

  • Charlottesville's Historical Divisions and Fresh Wounds

  • Charlottesville Working to Heal and Progress

  • A Nation Divided

  • Bridging Divides Across America

Sunday, April 22nd, Listen First partner events

Living Room Conversations, 9-10:45am, Homewood Suites

Structured small group conversations that promote stronger understanding and relationships across differences.

James Madison's Montpelier, 10am-12:30pm, Montpelier

A special tour of the award-winning exhibition, "The Mere Distinction of Colour," followed by a facilitated dialogue about race, history, and culture.  

Playback Theatre Virginia, 11am-12pm, Live Arts

Audience generated true stories enacted by actors and musicians. A Fundraiser for Listen First Project. 

Common Ground Committee, 1-3pm, The Haven

Former Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile and former Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele in conversation on “Finding Common Ground on Government’s Role in Bridging Racial Divides.”

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