The On Being Project

Catherine Epstein
Catherine Epstein

teaches Humanities and directs theater at Meridian Academy in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. She received her Bachelor's degree in English from Vassar College, where she wrote her thesis on banned books in American schools. She has worked as a public radio producer for WNYC, freelance writer, museum educator, and submissions reader of short stories and plays. She is a recipient of a 2017 Margot Stern Strom Innovation Grant from Facing History and Ourselves.

What a Middle School Pen Pal Program Taught Me About Difficult Conversations

by Catherine Epstein

What does it look like to both humanize and challenge friends with opposing viewpoints? A pen pal program between two middle schools in Boston, Massachusetts and Ozark, Arkansas provides some answers — and doodles.

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What a Middle School Pen Pal Program Taught Me About Difficult Conversations