The Pawling Discussion Group
On the third Friday evening of every month the Pawling Discussion Group, facilitated by Ed Grippe, PhD. meets at Lakeside Park in the Lathrop Building.
Now, you may think participation in this kind of activity would hold little interest for you, but having been a member of the group that met this past Friday, I can only say that it was well worth the hour and a half spent in conversation with fellow community members, as we discussed
Democracy and Community: What is Democracy and how does it contribute to Community, our topic for the evening.
For those of you who are familiar with Ed Grippe, you will know him as thoughtful and considerate by nature. In fact, his educational and professional background make him the perfect person to facilitate these wonderfully community-building discussions. Ed holds a B.A. in History and M.A. in Philosophy from Fordham University, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from City University of New York. He has been a teacher since 1972 and has served as Professor of Philosophy and Ethics at Norwalk Community College for the past thirteen years. He is an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, and has authored several articles as well as a book, Richard Rorty’s New Pragmatism: Neither Liberal Nor Free. His training in “Civic Reflection” provides the method used as facilitator for The Pawling Discussion Group.
With Ed’s quiet expertise, those of us in attendance (and all who have been fortunate to attend Ed’s discussion groups over the last ten years) were encouraged to express our divergent views about the subject at hand with confidence. Most importantly, however, I believe that all of us felt that our opinions were meaningful and had merit. The evening was an exercise in intellectual and political exploration. Not a bad way, actually, to spend a rainy Friday night.
The Pawling Discussion Group is open to all community members. If you are a mom who would like some mind expanding adult conversation that is topic-centered or a senior looking for the same, or anyone, quite frankly, who feels this experience might offer just the right amount of exercise for your weary brain, I encourage you to give Ed’s discussion group a try. You will have the opportunity to use your thinking muscles in a whole new way!
For further information about The Pawling Discussion Group contact Ed Grippe at firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to Pawling Events which lists this activity and has a direct link on this web site.