Oakmont Sunday Symposium
Oakmont East Recreation Center
Sunday September 10th - 10:30amThe Oakmont Sunday Symposium provides a forum for speakers on diverse topics such as science, history, politics, culture and current events. Attendance is intended for Oakmont residents and their invited guests with a requested donation of $3. Symposiums take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Dr.
Sept. 10 – “Solving the Problems of a Deeply Polarized American Society,” Steve Spanier
Oakmont Sunday Symposium begins its fall season with a presentation by resident Steve Spanier, exploring the causes of polarization in America and what form useful solutions might take. It will introduce a nascent movement in America toward “transpartisanship” – an emerging school of political thought that accepts the validity of truths across a range of political perspectives and seeks to synthesize them into an inclusive, pragmatic container beyond typical political dualities. It is distinct from bipartisanship – which aims to negotiate between “right” and “left,” resulting in a dualistic perspective – and nonpartisanship, which tends to avoid political affiliation altogether.
Since he retired from a career in high tech, Spanier has become interested in the root causes of and potential solutions to some of the big problems in our society. His research has led to various initiatives designed to educate the public about contentious issues such as money in politics, corporate power and responsibility, media consolidation and, more recently, societal polarization. His latest organization, Transpartisan Solutions, aims to create a grassroots movement dedicated to bridging ideological divides through a dialogue process designed to create empathetic understanding and connection between individuals on different sides of the divides.