This will be an interactive presentation by visiting philosopher and religious studies scholar David E. Smith. Dr. Smith poses these questions: at what point does a conversation become a battle? Why do some opinions inflame our emotions, leading to anger, fights, and even the end of relationships? He will offer a deep look at those moments when civility breaks down. By mapping the structure of how we converse, and digging into the root causes of both civility and incivility, Smith explores how we can have meaningful, respectful conversations on notoriously difficult topics like politics, religion, and morality. In our increasingly polarized political environment, Smith provides participants with the tools needed to embark upon more thoughtful, fruitful discussions. Presented by the Lopez Library, the Lopez Island Family Resource Center, and Humanities Washington.