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Fostering Community Conversations Through Academic and Public Library Partnerships Webinar March 3

2017 February 23

How can libraries foster and improve civil discourse within their communities? Libraries may wish to take a cue from two successful academic/public library partnerships offered right now in Texas — the Philosophy Dialogue Series (Texas State University and San Marcos Public Library) and the Controversy & Conversation Film Series (The University of Texas at Austin and Austin Public Library). Join us on Friday, March 3, 2017 from 10 to 11am Central to hear more about these two engaging series and get ideas that you might use in your own library to foster community conversation.

Panelists:
• Melissa Biggs, Fulbright-Garcia Robles Scholar
• Jo Ann Carson, Senior Lecturer and Dialogue Coordinator, Texas State University
• Andrew Murphy, Administrative Assistant, Austin Public Library
• Pauline Turner Strong, Director, Humanities Institute, The University of Texas at Austin
• Deb Tomaselli, Program and Outreach Librarian, San Marcos Public Library

Controversy & Conversation Film Series (The University of Texas at Austin and the Austin Public Library)
The Controversy & Conversation film series is a partnership between the Humanities Institute of the University of Texas at Austin and the Austin Public Library. On the first Thursday of each month, an award-winning documentary film on a controversial social topic of the day is screened at the Terrazas Branch of the Austin Public Library and is followed by a lively community discussion of the issue.

Philosophy Dialogue Series (Texas State University and San Marcos Public Library)
For twenty two years the Philosophy Department at Texas State University has provided a unique model for “freeing thought” through its Philosophy Dialogue Series. As an open forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas, the series enriches the cultural and academic life of the university and community.

Register here

Questions? Please contact Naomi DiTullio, Distance Learning Consultant, Texas State Library & Archives Commission, nditullio@tsl.texas.gov or 1-800-252-9386 (toll free in Texas).

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