Who Are You Project

This blog features project updates, readings on dialogue, special features like interviews with artists and linguists.

Cecilia on her dialogue with David: More differences than meet the eye?

David, a self-described “basic straight guy” from Pennsylvania, spoke with Cecilia, a transgender woman originally from Argentina. Listen to the podcast of their dialogue here. Below, Cecilia reflects on that dialogue months later. In another blog post, David talks about what's been on his mind since he spoke...

David on his dialogue with Cecilia: Eyes opened, but still some discomfort

David, a self-described "basic straight guy" from Pennsylvania, spoke with Cecilia, a transgender woman originally from Argentina. Listen to the podcast of their dialogue here. Below, David reflects on what he’s thought about since that meeting. In another blog post, Cecilia talks about her feelings on the dialogue...

David on his dialogue with Paul: Guns, reason, elections

Paul, a liberal New Yorker who loves Obama, spoke with David, a gun rights advocate from Pennsylvania. Listen to the podcast of their dialogue here. In another blog post, Paul talks about his feelings on the dialogue with David. Below, David reflects on what he's thought...

Paul on his dialogue with David: Guns, power, and history

Paul, a liberal New Yorker, spoke with David, a gun rights advocate from Pennsylvania. Listen to the podcast of their dialogue here. In another blog post, David reflects on the dialogue. Below, Paul discusses what he’s thought about since that meeting.  In the months before my dialogue with...

How we (mis)understand other people

Maybe like you, I enjoy the feeling that I’m right in a lot of my beliefs. Otherwise, why would I believe them? But as powerful as the brain is, and as persuasive as my personal experience is, well—me and my brain have our faults. I just...

Why I launched the “Who Are You?” project

Who is your “other”— someone very different than you in belief or life experience? Here are a few of mine. Last year I had the opportunity to talk with someone who spent years in a tiny cell in solitary confinement. He was an outwardly gentle man,...