My Neighbor's Voice: Building Community Through Listening

Dates: November 3 - December 8, 2022

Meets: Th from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Location: Online

OLLI Member: $65.00

Enrollment requires a 2022-2023 OLLI at MSU Membership


My Neighbor's Voice is a program that seeks to restore American goodwill and civic interaction by bringing people together to engage in dialogue. This highly engaging program has hosted over 200 local and national online events and gatherings with the intention of creating a safer, more welcoming world.

This course brings participants together to discuss community questions through instruction and a moderated discussion format. Participants will work through five categories of questions over five weeks, including American Culture, Our Society, Health and Environment, Civic Rights and Responsibilities, and Political Thought. During the class, each participant will have an equal opportunity to respond and listen to their neighbors by answering prompts without question or commentary. The course will teach listening skills that participants can use in their communities to bridge divides positively, respectfully and hopefully.


Apply for a needs-based scholarship to take this offering.

Meet the Instructors

Fee:   $65.00



This is a real-time (live) online class that meets at the specified day(s)/time(s) listed.

We will send you a reminder email with login instructions one business day before the program start date. If there are additional sessions, we will send reminders the morning of those sessions.

Mary Anne Inglis

In 2017, Mary Anne Inglis co-founded My Neighbor's Voice with a friend, Victoria Chance, in Greenville, South Carolina. Both were English teachers at the time. After watching the country become increasingly divided along party lines, Many Ann and Victoria decided it was a good time to start a nonprofit focused on listening. Mary Anne graduated from Duke University with a degree in international relations and political science. With this background, she managed four out of seven U.S. congressional campaigns for her husband, Bob Inglis. In 2010, she was certified to teach English as a Second Language and taught until retiring in 2021. She brings her personal experience of navigating some very divisive election cycles as a campaign manager and the skills of being in the classroom to My Neighbor's Voice as a moderator and leader.

Ileana Shaner

Ileana Shaner is a classical pianist, martial artist, yoga and meditation practitioner/instructor, and Life Coach. A graduate of the Universities of Virginia and Maryland, she holds Masters Degrees in Music and Piano Performance. She joins My Neighbor's Voice after experiencing its valuable forum for diverse and non-violent communication through adult education classes at St. James Episcopal Church, where she has been a member for 20 years, and currently serves as Liaison to St. Francis, St. James' Spanish-speaking sister parish. Ileana is eager to see MNV flourish at a unique time in our cultural history when it is more important than ever to listen, respect, and honor one another as we create a safe space in which to speak, listen, and be heard. Ileana and her husband, David, Furman University Professor Emeritus in Philosophy and Asian Studies, live in Greenville, SC, with their three children.
Date Day Time Location
11/03/2022Thursday1 PM to 3 PM Online
11/10/2022Thursday1 PM to 3 PM Online
11/17/2022Thursday1 PM to 3 PM Online
12/01/2022Thursday1 PM to 3 PM Online
12/08/2022Thursday1 PM to 3 PM Online


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