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Mokita Dialogues Looks at Managing Hard Conversations

on August 25, 2020 6:35 PM

Conflict is neither good nor bad. It is how we manage conflicts that is either effective or ineffective. This month’s Mokita Dialogues will define conflict and discuss ways we can better manage difficult conversations.

 Peter Miraldi, a teaching professor in the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences at Penn State, leads the virtual discussion “Managing Difficult Conversations” at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 27. To join the conversation via Zoom, go to

Miraldi teaches public speaking, managing speech anxiety, and conflict management. As we begin the heart the presidential campaign season, Miraldi will help provide some background on what makes conversations difficult and how we can manage them better.

The Mokita Dialogues are monthly community conversations hosted by the Jana Marie Foundation. The word “Mokita” comes from the language of Kilivila, spoken near Papua New Guinea, and means “a known truth left unspoken.” Each dialogue session, led by a different facilitator from the community, features activities that encourage thought and conversation, and also suggestions for ways to continue the discussion.

The next Mokita Dialogues will be Sept. 24. September is Suicide Awareness Month, and the discussion will center on the topic “Suicide Awareness.”

For more information about Mokita Dialogues and the Jana Marie Foundation, visit and follow the Jana Marie Foundation on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn and subscribe to the Jana Marie Foundation’s YouTube channel.


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