If you can’t beat them, eat dinner with them.

Dinner at the Square is the signature Village Square event. Each year, there is a new dinner “season” announced – with Utah’s first season beginning this year.  Our inaugural Dinner Square event will be June 18th, at the Salt Lake Acting Company, “Reaching across America’s Deepest Divide: Former ​Adversaries ​Tell Their Story of Coming Together to Explore Sexual ​O​rientation-Faith ​Conflicts.” Although we invite people to contribute towards the cost of the event, we have a strict policy of never turning anyone away for financial need.  For us, the Village Square must necessarily be open and accessible to all – no matter what.  So come one, come all!  We’re excited to meet you…especially if we disagree.  (:

Neither a new problem or a new solution.

From the early days of our Republic, legislators came to Washington and lived in separate regional boarding houses.  Far from the intended mixing of ideas from culturally and regionally diverse legislators, the psychology of the tribe took over. While they came to town with preexisting differences between legislators from other regions, their segregation by regions widened the divide. President Thomas Jefferson wrote that these legislators came to work “in a spirit of avowed misunderstanding, without  the smallest wish to agree. Jefferson solved the problem by inviting a mixed region group of legislators to the White House for dinner no more than a dozen at a time, sat them at a round table to prevent squabbles on who rated the head of the table (and poured lots of wine, truth be told).

Past dinners

To get an idea of what we’ll be doing in Salt Lake City, check out past programming from the original Village Square in Tallahassee, Florida (on some you’ll find video, on most you’ll find audio, resources about our topic and even a few lessons learned). Simply click on the picture.

  • Founding Ideals
  • A Conversation with President Thomas Jefferson
  • Created Equal and Breathing Free
  • Free Speech in the Age of Political Correctness
  • Us v. Them?
  • Who Stole the American Dream?
  • An Evening with David Blankenhorn
  • Faith v. Science
  • Join the Asteroids Club
  • American Dream Lost
  • Join the Gang at FEARS!
  • 7 Deadly Sins
  • E Pluribus Unum: Unity and Diversity in America
  • Jonathan Haidt
  • The Politics of the Feminine
  • The American Melting Pot
  • It's the End of the World As We Know It
  • 9/11, The Heart of America
  • Media Wars
  • Wall Street, Main Street
  • recount
  • Big Sort
  • Polarization
  • B1
  • Healthcare
  • Global Warming
  • Taxation
  • Culture Wars
  • Faith & The Founding Fathers
  • Faith in the Public Square
  • A Purple State of Mind: Finding Middle Ground in a Divided Culture
  • A Rabbi, A Priest, A Pastor & An Imam
  • The Economics of Power Generation 101
  • Sunshine & Fossils & Garbage, oh my!
  • The Nuclear Power Debate 2.0
  • All GEOPolitics is Local:  Tallahassee's Energy Future