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Talking across difference: Catherine Camden Pratt on meeting Karen Pence

My biggest concern was – and remains – a political one. How do I meet with someone whose political views I fundamentally disagree with?

Yet to refuse is to be invisible; to not be part of the conversation. To refuse is to say I cannot talk across difference, that I am closed off, incurious about others’ views. Saying ‘yes’ meant I needed to find ways to be strategic in how I participated as well as be mindful of the local and global Art Therapy profession.

The Second Lady of the United States, Karen Pence, visited Australia in April, and Catherine Camden Pratt, lecturer in Art Therapy at Western Sydney University, and Hawthorn Press author, was invited to meet her. Read her thoughtful article here.

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