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Register Now for Civility and Free Expression: A Community Conversation On Gun Violence

01 March, 2013

 Civility across the nation seems to be lacking in both political discourse and our daily lives. Is it possible for us to freely share our ideas on contentious issues and remain civil with one another?

The Michigan Center for Civic Education is pleased to be partnering with the Community Conversation Forum, a group of citizens in Grand Haven and surrounding cities. Community members are invited to participate in facilitated conversations, explore the issue of gun violence from a local perspective, and think about the role civility plays in our democracy.

Other partners include The League of Women Voters and Loutit District Public Library.  This program is part of Civility and Free Expression in a Constitutional Democracy—A National Dialogue, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and is conducted in partnership with the American Bar Association Division for Public Education.

A panel of local experts will precede the small group conversations. Panellists include:  Ron Frantz, Ottawa County Prosecutor; Dr. Lia Gaggino, President, Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics; Keith Konarska, Superintendent, Grand Haven Area Public Schools; Jane Longstreet, Ottawa County Community Mental Health; Thomas J. Poel, Gun Rights Advocate; Mark Weisman, firearms retailer. For more information or to register, click here.

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