The Village Square is dedicated to making political engagement (even more) COOL and FUN – and perhaps, not quite so stressful!  How else are we going to compete with WWF mud-wrestling on TV every night?!  In making decisions about events, our Salt Lake Chapter is committed to focusing on issues of  importance to Utahns.  Our calendar for the year 2016-2017 is our best attempt to address the issues our Board feels are most important. If you would like to suggest a topic feel free to e-mail us!  If you would like more information on any of our upcoming events, including ways to support or sponsor different events, contact us at jacob@old.utah.tothevillagesquare.org.

ourseasonofdiscontent

OUR SEASON OF DISCONTENT

“Community conversations that put the fun back into democracy and dialogue in 2016-2017”

Click here to see our  2016-2017 calendar at-a-glance: Village Square Utah 2016-17 Season

November 1, 2016: Dinner at the Square, “Black and Blue: Beyond the Bruising to a Better Community,” 6:30 – 8:30 PM @ Ogden Union Station-Studio 51.  Get detailed information for this event HERE.  Register for this event on EventBrite HERE.

November 12, 2016: Utah Citizen Summit, “Utahns Coming Together”

Morning Sessions ~ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm @ Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, University of Utah in the Thomas S. Monson Center

Evening Gala ~ 7:00 – 9:00 pm @ Rose Wagner Theater for the Performing Arts.

Register for Morning Sessions on EventBrite HERE.   Register for Evening Gala on EventBrite HERE.

For detailed information about this day-long event, click HERE.  Or visit Utahcitizensummit.org

February 23, 2017: Dinner at the Square, “Red-Blue Conversation About Climate Change,”  a Joan Blades, Founder of MoveOn.org and LivingRoomConversations.org.  (time and place TBD)

April 13, 2017: Dinner at the Square, “Church and State: Married, Divorced or In Need of Counseling?” (time and place TBD)

 

PAST EVENTS IN UTAH:

June 18, 2015: Dinner at the Square, “Reaching across America’s Deepest Divide,” 6:30 – 9:00 @ Salt Lake Acting Company. Get more information and RSVP for the event HERE.

July 7, 2015:  Take-out Tuesday: “What to Do When We Disagree on the ‘Facts’? Moving Beyond Scientific (or Scriptural) Power-Plays in Community Dialogue,” 12:00 – 1:30 @ City Creek Food Court Fountain (Part of the Sticky Issues in Civil Society Lunch Series)

TBA, 2015: Collaboration with Dr. David Derezotes and the Peace & Studies Program at the University of Utah, “Why Has Policing Suddenly Become so Incendiary? A Conversation about Reaffirming Trust and Safety”

September 8, 2015:  Take-out Tuesday: “Are there Some Issues it is NOT Okay to Disagree About? Another Conversation about those Conversations (Global Warming, Vaccination, Gay Marriage, etc.)” 12:00 – 1:30 @ City Creek Food Court Fountain (Part of the Sticky Issues in Civil Society Lunch Series)

October 8, 2015: Dinner at the Square, “The Secular Religious Divide: Explore how the religious secular divide can yield a more generous conversation” Click here for more information.

March, 2016:  Dinner at the Square:  Immigration Dialogue

 

PAST EVENTS AT OTHER VILLAGE SQUARE LOCATIONS:

October, 2014: The Price of Incivility: What is it Costing You? Kansas City Village Square

April, 2015: Homeless. A Serious Conversation about a Serious Problem Sacramento Village Square

February, 2015: Speed Date Your Local Leaders  Tallahassee Village Square

December, 2014: The Hate Button: How’d We Get So Mean? Tallahassee Village Square

October, 2014: I Didn’t Vote: Surrendering Democracy One Vote at a Time Sacramento Village Square

September, 2014: Political Campaign Ads: Why Did You Approve This Message? St. Petersburg Village Square

October, 2013: American Dream Lost? More Inequality, Less Marriage, Failing Institutions, Forgotten Community Tallahassee Village Square

September, 2013: Immigration:  Is the Melting Pot Boiling Over? St. Petersburg Village Square

April, 2013 Immigration & The American Melting Pot Tallahassee Village Square

January, 2013: You’ve Come a Long Way Baby? The Politics of the Feminine Tallahassee Village Square

September, 2012 Jonathan Haidt: Polarization, Demonization & Paralysis in American Politics Tallahassee Village Square

April, 2011: The Psychology of Polarization and Demonization Tallahassee Village Square

February, 2011: The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America is Tearing Us Apart Tallahassee Village Square

Florida Recount + 10 Years

November, 2010: Florida Recount + 10 years:  A Reunion of Insiders Tallahassee Village Square

June, 2010: Here I am, Stuck in the Culture Wars with you Tallahassee Village Square

March, 2010: On Taxation & Tea Parties Tallahassee Village Square

September, 2009: Take 2 Aspirin, Fix Health Care and Call Me in the Morning Tallahassee Village Square

July, 2009:  A Rabbi, A Priest, A Pastor & An Imam Tallahassee Village Square

April, 2008: The Nuclear Power Debate 2.0: What’s Old, What’s New, What’s Hype, What’s True Tallahassee Village Square

September, 2008: On Church & State: Faith and the Founding Fathers Tallahassee Village Square