Unlimited Learning offers virtual program on healthier political discussions

King Banaian. Submitted Photo

Lakes Area Unlimited Learning offers an online Zoom program at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, on "Zooming Toward Healthier Political Discussions."

King Banaian, dean of the School of Public Affairs at St. Cloud State University, will focus on the different languages that progressives, conservatives and libertarians speak that distort debate and divide. He will teach techniques that will help viewers speak all three languages with an outcome of a more rational, less heated political discussion and a better understanding of political differences.

Banaian is a professor at SCSU, specializing in the economy of central Minnesota and the state. He was a District 15B legislator from 2011-2013, and has a frequent podcast on KYCR where he "makes economic science a bit less dismal." He will refer frequently to Arnold King's book, "The Three Languages of Politics ," as a helpful resource.

Lakes Area Unlimited Learning welcomes people to sign in for the Zoom program by sending your email to andrewthook@ before the Aug. 11 program.

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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