Join in a “Community Conversation” on Democracy
Friday, October 26, 7 p.m., located at
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
4 Palmer Street, Plattsburgh, NY
PLATTSBURGH (NY) — As the November 6 election approaches, US citizens prepare to engage in the democratic process. But in the heated, divisive rhetoric of the times, how many of us really understand what democracy is all about? Has it just become a buzzword? Join in a free Community Conversation on Democracy (sponsored by the NY Council for the Humanities) and share your experience and wisdom with fellow citizens at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 26 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, located at 4 Palmer Street.
The basis of the conversation will be a short essay entitled “Creative Democracy” by philosopher and educational reformer John Dewey (1859-1952). In the essay, written in 1939, Dewey argues that democracy is not self-sustaining and must be rejuvenated through active participation of its citizens. His remarks, written on the brink of a second, catastrophic World War, are as relevant today as they were then.
This is the third in a series of Community Conversations presented in Plattsburgh, supported by the NY Council for the Humanities, Earlier conversations reflected on 9/11 and Martin Luther King - Days of Service. These group-based discussions require no prior knowledge, only a willingness to listen to others and share your ideas. The discussion will last between 60 and 90 minutes and will be facilitated by Studley Printing & Publishing’s Editor-in-Chief Caroline Kehne. Refreshments will be served.