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The Forum with Robert Fersh: Draining the Polarization Swamp – Some Help and Hope in These Turbulent Times

Sunday, February 11 @ 9:30 am

Join Convergence President Robert Fersh for a lively conversation hosted by Alan Jones, Dean Emeritus of Grace Cathedral. Learn more about the history of Convergence, our ability to bring disparate individuals and groups together to build trust and find common ground on difficult national issues and explore how our work leads to a more collaborative, civil and productive society.
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About the guest

Rob Fersh is the President and Founder of Convergence Center for Policy Resolution, a non-profit organization founded in 2009 to promote consensus solutions to issues of domestic and international importance. Immediately prior, Rob served as the United States country director for Search for Common Ground, an international conflict resolution organization. While at SFCG, he directed national policy consensus projects on health care coverage for the uninsured and U.S.-Muslim relations.

In the 1986-98 period, Rob served as president of the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), a leading NGO working to alleviate hunger in the United States. Rob also served on the staffs of three Congressional committees, working for U.S. Representative Leon Panetta and for Senators Patrick Leahy and Edmund Muskie. While a Congressional staff member and at FRAC, he was deeply involved in shepherding passage of bipartisan legislation to reduce hunger in the United States.

Rob has held additional positions in the federal executive branch and non-profit sector. He was a 1994 recipient of the Prudential Foundation Prize for Non-Profit Leadership. Rob holds a law degree from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University, where he has served as a guest lecturer and co-instructor of a course on collaborative decision making and public policy. He is married, has four children, and one grandchild.


About The Forum

The Forum is a series of stimulating conversations about faith, ethics and culture in relation to the important issues of our day. We invite inspiring and illustrious people to sit down for a real conversation with The Forum’s host, Malcolm Clemens Young, the dean of Grace Cathedral, and with you. Our guests range from artists, inventors and philosophers to pop culturists and elected officials, but the point of The Forum is singular: civil, sophisticated discourse that engages minds and hearts to think in new ways about the world.

About the host

Alan W. Jones was the Dean of Grace Cathedral from 1985 until January 2009. He is a prolific writer of books, articles and editorial opinions as well as a prominent lecturer in Episcopalian and academic circles both nationally and internationally. He is married to Virginia (Cricket) Jones and has three children and five grandchildren.

This event is part of Spacious Grace, the cathedral’s annual free-form arts festival when we remove the pews and fill the space with exciting events. Now in its fourth year, Spacious Grace runs from January 29 to February 11. Explore the full lineup.


Sunday, February 11
9:30 am
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