To date there have been seven implementations of Meetings of Opposites.

  • In 2012: a one-day event with an encounter between Pat Michaels, former UVa faculty member, and Dr. Frederick Joyce, a presenter for the Climate Reality Project, for an audience of students in the Upward Bound program at UVa. Here is the original general Proposal for Meetings of Opposites with a report on that first Meeting: MoO Proposal and Report
  • After the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in 2017: several meetings of various kinds under the umbrella of Gov360, a local non-profit dedicated to voter participation and the renewal of civic discourse.
  • In winter 2017: a course for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute entitled “Civics in Charlottesville: Meetings of Opposites.”
  • In winter 2018: another course for OLLI, “Civics in Charlottesville: From Us-Against-Them to We-For-Each-Other.”
  • For UnityDays, in 2019: a one-evening workshop: “Where Do Stereotypes Come From?”
  • In spring 2020: an OLLI course, “Walking Uphill Together,” cut short after three sessions by the coronavirus, but moved online to use the platform of Living Room Conversations.
  • In fall 2021, we restarted the OLLI course and completed six sessions in person.

Meetings have occurred with general audiences and with pairs of Opposites. They require only a room with projection capability and access to the outside or to a corner of a gymnasium.

Henry McHenry will bring Meetings of Opposites, configured to suit local needs, anywhere in North America free of charge. Leave inquiries on the blog page here, or a message at 434 295 6593.

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