*Abbreviations under the "Available" column: A = Available // NA = Not Available // R = Previously Registered // WL = Currently on the Wait List

The Art of Conversation

Conversation is being challenged by social media, changing values, and a lack of time. So, this course will focus on two things: (1) why conversation is important, and (2) how to have more effective conversations. Theodore Zeldin in his book, Conversation: How Talk Can Change Our Lives, helps to answer the “why” of conversation. To address the “how” of conversing, we will focus on a series of topics: how to start/stop a conversation; how to change direction; and, what to do when you are bored or overexcited. The core of the course will center on practicing conversations in small groups of two, three, or four people.

Instructor Bio:

Richard Mason has a BA in American Literature from Middlebury College and a Master of Public Administration from California State University, Hayward. He has devoted his career to business consulting in both the public and private sectors. During his career, he has taught classes in active listening, group dynamics, facilitation, leading effective meetings, stress management, and conflict resolution.

Required Reading:

Zeldin, Theodore. Conversation: How Talk Can Change Our Lives, 1998.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A30 Richard Mason Feb 23, Mar 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Th 9:30-11:00 a.m. Unity of Charlottesville WL

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