Civility and Civil Discourse Series Launching in Fox Valley

As technological innovations in communication move more of our interactions online, do you ever feel that you have fewer meaningful conversations face-to-face? Pair technological shifts with national and statewide trends in increasing political polarization, and it’s no surprise that we’re online more and more, but we’re likely talking less and less.

This new series, coming this spring and summer to Fox Valley libraries, focuses on bringing area community members back to the table for face-to-face conversations. We will begin by discussing the guidelines of civility and explore small group, face-to-face conversations on policy topics and cultural issues. These programs will consist of a brief overview of civility and guidelines for civil discourse, followed by active, small group discussion on the respective topics. The goal of the evening is not to persuade people to reach the same viewpoint, rather, to achieve and enjoy stimulating and civil conversation. 

The following topics and events are scheduled for 2018. All events are free and open to the public, no registration is required.

Monday, March 5, 2018 | 6:00 – 8:00 PM | Neenah Public Library, 240 E. Wisconsin Avenue, Neenah, WI

Topic and Guests: Encouraging Conversation in the Age of Social Media, featuring Guest Tina Schuelke, Change Management

This discussion will review facts about digital communication trends, guidelines for collaborative and civil communication, and will evaluate behaviors and sentiments on topics such as social media use, relationships and social media, censorship and social media for public information sharing.

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Monday, April 2, 2018 | 6:00 – 8:00 PM | Neenah Public Library, 240 E. Wisconsin Avenue, Neenah, WI

Topic and Guests: What Should We Do About the Opioid Epidemic?, featuring Guest Officer Stuart Zuehls, Neenah Police Department

Link to National Issues Forum Discussion Guide that will be used for this program

This policy discussion will review facts about drug addiction, abuse, and overdose deaths in America, and will review potential policy solutions including treatment, enforcement and individual choice.

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Monday, May 7, 2018 | 6:00 – 8:00 PM | Neenah Public Library, 240 E. Wisconsin Avenue, Neenah, WI

Topic: Land of Plenty – How Should We Ensure that People Have the Food They Need?

Link to National Issues Forum Discussion Guide that will be used for this program

This policy discussion will review facts about food systems, nutrition and food insecurity in America, and will review potential policy solutions including access to nutritious foods, the multiple benefits of food, and stewardship of food systems.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018 | 6:00 – 7:30 PM | Appleton Public Library, 225 N. Oneida Street, Appleton, WI

Topic: What Should We Do About the Opioid Epidemic?

Link to National Issues Forum Discussion Guide that will be used for this program

This policy discussion will review facts about drug addiction, abuse, and overdose deaths in America, and will review potential policy solutions including treatment, enforcement and individual choice.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018 | 6:00 – 7:30 PM | Appleton Public Library, 225 N. Oneida Street, Appleton, WI

Topic: The Future of Work – How Should We Prepare for the New Economy?

Link to National Issues Forum Discussion Guide that will be used for this program

This policy discussion will review facts about American employment and industry growth, and will review potential policy solutions that may allow entrepreneurs to thrive, increase equity in educational access and encourage investment at the local level.


Thursday, August 16, 2018 | 6:00 – 7:30 PM | Appleton Public Library, 225 N. Oneida Street, Appleton, WI

Topic: Safety and Justice – How Should Communities Reduce Violence?

Link to National Issues Forum Discussion Guide that will be used for this program

This policy discussion will review facts about violent crime in America, public safety and justice, and will review potential policy solutions including community-police partnerships, legal system reforms and violence prevention.