CMC Chief Operating Officer Matt Gianneschi leads a discussion at a Rediscovering Common Ground meeting in Salida.

Rediscovering Common Ground

Join this non-partisan series of community conversations about civic engagement and civil discourse

Rediscovering Common Ground is a year long series of events that will engage people from different viewpoints in learning how to disagree productively and move our country forward during what promises to be a tumultuous election year.

CMC is offering a free seminar series this spring open to anyone featuring conversations with local community and thought leaders. This fall, class attendees will be invited to meet Richard Haass as he visits several CMC campuses around the region and discusses the principles behind the book that inspired this series, The Bill of Obligations: The Ten Habits of Good Citizens. These author visits will be free and open to the public.

Colorado Mountain College hopes this series encourages people to become more involved in our democracy and promote good civic behavior, contributing to healthy, productive conversations between people with differing viewpoints. Ultimately, participants should benefit from a better understanding of how to help heal divisions and move our country forward.

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Kickoff Event - January 29, 2024

A conversation with Walter Isaacson, Richard Haass & Mary Louise Kelly

Colorado Mountain College, in collaboration with Aspen Public Radio and Colorado’s PBS 12, kicked off this timely series on Monday, January 29 with a virtual conversation between Richard Haass and former CNN CEO, Time Magazine Editor and Aspen Institute CEO Walter Isaacson. The live event was moderated by Mary Louise Kelly, co-host of National Public Radio's award-winning afternoon news program All Things Considered. Opening remarks were presented by Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser, Colorado Mountain College President and CEO, who announced the Common Reader series with Isaacson and Haass in November 2023.

Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson has held roles including editor of TIME magazine, CNN chairman and CEO, CEO of the Aspen Institute.  He is currently a professor of history at Tulane University and a prolific author.  His latest book “Elon Musk” (2023) quickly became yet another New York Times bestseller.

Mary Louise Kelly

Mary Louise Kelly

Mary Louise Kelly is a co-host of All Things Considered, NPR's award-winning afternoon newsmagazine. As a former national security correspondent for NPR News her reporting has tracked the CIA and other spy agencies, terrorism, wars, and rising nuclear powers.

Richard Haass

Richard Haass

Richard is president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations after having served as CFR’s president for twenty years. A seasoned diplomat, he chaired the multiparty negotiations in 2013 in Northern Ireland that provided the foundation for the 2014 Stormont House Agreement. He received the Tipperary International Peace Award in 2013. Photo © Kaveh Sardari 2022

CMC 2024 Common Reader

Learn more about 'The Bill Of Obligations: The Ten Habits Of Good Citizens' and author Richard Haas.

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Resources for Rediscovering Common Ground

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Book Copies

Check out or pick up a free hard copy of “The Bill of Obligations,” on a first come first serve basis at these locations.

eAudiobooks and eBooks are available from the Virtual Library through the Libby app.

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