In a national climate where political pundits spar on television, and social media debates end in stalemate, there are few models that demonstrate conversation across lines of difference. Yet families, churches, schools, and corporations desire pathways to engage in meaningful conversations and face difficult subjects. Recognizing this desire for community conversations, Ellison founded Fearless Dialogues, an organization that creates unique spaces for unlikely partners to engage in hard heartfelt conversations on taboo subjects. Since its founding in 2013, Fearless Dialogues has gathered nearly 20,000 unlikely partners around the globe for community conversations in classrooms, boardrooms, congregations, and community centers. Drawing upon research from his newly-released book and the experiences of Fearless Dialogues' team of animators, Ellison will offer strategies to create space and maneuver around the 5 fears that stifle hard conversation.
Gregory C. Ellison II is a product of the Atlanta Public School System, proud alumnus of Frederick Douglass High School, and the first black male inducted into the Emory College Hall of Fame. He received his Master of Divinity degree and Ph.D. in Pastoral Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary, and is currently an associate professor of pastoral care and counseling at Emory’s Candler School of Theology. In his eight years at Candler, Ellison has been awarded Faculty Person of the Year twice and in 2014, he received the Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award, Emory University’s most prestigious faculty teaching honor. He is author of Cut Dead But Still Alive: Caring for African American Young Men and the newly released, Fearless Dialogues: A New Movement for Justice. For more information on Fearless Dialogues please visit www.fearlessdialogues.com.