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.

Safety and Justice

How should communities reduce violence?

Notes from October 2019 Deliberative Conversation

Mental Illness in America

How do we address a growing mental health problem?

Fri Nov 15 |2-4:30pm |Anton Room 202
Mon Nov 18 | 1-3:30pm | Menninger Room 206

A House Divided

What would we have to give up to get the political system we want?

Tue Oct 15 |6-8:30pm | Anton Room 202
Fri Oct 18 |2-4:30pm | Anton Room 202
Mon Oct 21 |1-3:30pm | Anton Room 202

Obesity in America

How should we reduce obesity in America?

Mon Nov 4 |1-3:30pm | Menninger Room 206
Fri Dec 6 |2-4:30pm | Anton Room

Alcohol and Drug Use

What should we do when alcohol and drug use become a problem to society?

Fri Nov 8 | 2-4:30pm | Anton Room 202
Mon Dec 2 | 1-3:30pm | Anton Room 202



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.


Plan to Attend

Once you choose which conversation to attend, please email or call 785-580-4629. Consider inviting someone to join you, especially someone with a different perspective, life experience or background than you.