It’s never been more important to talk to each other about tough problems. Practice listening with empathy and respect, considering other perspectives, and weighing the trade-offs of possible actions in a National Issues Forum at the library.

Making Ends Meet

How should we spread prosperity and improve opportunity?

Fri, April 5 | 2 – 4:30pm | Menninger Room 206
Tue, June 11 | 6 – 8:30pm | Anton Room 202
Thu, June 13 | 1 – 3:30pm | Anton Room 202

Mental Illness in America

How do we address a growing mental health problem?

Fri, April 26 | 2 – 4:30pm | Menninger Room 206
Tue, June 25 | 6 – 8:30pm | Menninger Room 206
Thu, June 27 | 1 – 3:30 PM | Anton Room 202

Safety and Justice

How should communities reduce violence?

Fri, May 17 | 2 – 4:30pm | Menninger Room 206
Tue, July 9 | 6 – 8:30pm | Menninger Room 206
Thu, July 18 | 1 – 3:30pm | Menninger Room 206

Attend

How does a deliberative conversation work?

Between 12-20 people with a variety of perspectives will follow a National Issues Forum guide to discuss an issue. Each conversation will address an issue that doesn’t have one perfect answer.

What happens after a deliberative forum?

Everyone is asked to continue learning and understanding the issue, to ask better questions, and to look both more broadly and more deeply at possible actions to address the big issues communities face while considering the tradeoffs to those actions.

Partners

Plan to Attend

If you plan to attend, please complete the brief form below. Consider inviting someone to join you, especially someone with a different perspective, life experience or background than you. If you have question, email connect@tscpl.org or call 785-580-4629.

Deliberative Conversation Registration

Please register to attend one or more Deliberative Conversations. You may only select one date for each topic.
  • Please select the date you will attend the conversation Making Ends Meet.
  • Please select the date you will attend the conversation Mental Illness in America.
  • Please select the date you will attend the conversation Safety and Justice.