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



“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

February 23, 2017: Dinner at the Square, “Red-Blue Conversation About Climate Change,”  a Joan Blades, Founder of and  (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)



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



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