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When: Friday, December 16
From 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM
Where: 641-715-3300, access code 485743#
Contact: Prucia Buscell

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Friday, December 16, 2011
1-2 PM Eastern Time
641-715-3300, access code 485743#
Meaning, Action and Socially Constructed Conversation
Guests: Sheila McNamee and Jack Lannamann

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Sheila McNamee, PhD, is professor of communication at the University of New Hampshire and Vice President of the Taos Institute. She is Affiliate Faculty at Tilburg University in The Netherlands and holds a visiting professorship at Utrecht University’s School of Governance. She is also on the PhD faculty in social psychology at the University of Parma, Italy. Her work is focused on dialogic transformation within a variety of social and institutional contexts including psychotherapy, organizations, and communities. She is author of Relational Responsibility: Resources for Sustainable Dialogue, with Kenneth Gergen (Sage, 1999) and Research and Social Change: A Relational Constructionist Approach, with Dian Marie Hosking (Routledge, 2012) among other books and has published numerous articles and chapters on social constructionist theory and practice. She actively engages constructionist practices in a variety of contexts, bringing communities of participants with diverse and often opposing viewpoints together to create livable futures. Jack Lannamann, PhD, is an associate professor of communications at the University of New Hampshire. His research focus is interpersonal communication, and he was written about difficult communications, including those that can provide comfort to the dying and their loved ones at the end of life. Social Construction, as a theory and form of practice, locates the source of meaning, value and action in the relational connection among people. It is in relational processes that we create the world in which we most want to live and work. Social constructionist dialogue—of cutting edge significance within the social sciences and humanities— concerns the processes by which humans generate meaning together. Our focus is on how social groups, and the relational practices within those groups, create and sustain beliefs in the real, the rational, and the good. We recognize that as people create meaning together, they sow the seeds of action. Meaning and action are entwined. As we generate meaning together we create the future.


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