Southern Vermont College Students and Bennington Families Hear from Public Conversations Project

November 14, 2011

Bob Stains, senior vice president of The Public Conversations Project (PCP), will lead a private mini-workshop with the participants – students and local families – of Southern Vermont College’s Campus Community Dinner Series (CCDS) on Wednesday, November 16, in the Greenberg Atrium on campus.

In his 17 years at PCP, a non-profit which encourages dialogue as a prevention to conflict driven by differences, Stains has helped shape the organization’s focus on and approach to building meaningful conversation. PCP’s workshops foster an atmosphere in which enduring connections form, an element that fits well with CCDS – a project that invites SVC students and local families with high school-aged children to experience the benefits of family dinners and engage in thoughtful conversation over meals prepared in their campus dining hall.

“People who attend our workshops often leave with relationships that last for years to come,” said Stains. “In this workshop, we’ll share ideas about creating and sustaining mealtimes that people look forward to for relational as well as physical nourishment.”

Immediately following the event, participants will attend the first of five remaining dinners set to take place in the campus dining hall this academic year. During last month’s kick-off dinner, CCDS families and SVC students met for the first time at a special program held in Hunter Hall. For more information on the Campus Community Dinner Series, visit

About The Public Conversations Project

The Public Conversations Project is a Boston-based non-profit that uses dialogue to improve relationships among groups and individuals on opposing sides of divisive public issues. Since 1989, the Public Conversations Project has worked in the US and around the world, providing workshops, customized trainings, consultations, and conference design, and facilitating dialogues on a wide range of contentious issues. For more information, please visit