By John Minkler
A “Dialogue about Our Democracy” will take place on Sept. 16 in celebration of Constitution Day. It will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at North Gym 118 at Fresno State. Free and open to the public. Here is an opportunity to engage in civil dialogue with people of different generations and political perspectives on essential questions concerning democracy.
Concerned citizens are invited to join students from local high schools, community colleges and Fresno State in the “Dialogue about Our Democracy.” Panelists and discussions will focus on these questions:
- What are our First Amendment rights and how are they practiced in the real world, including in issues relating to free speech on college and high school campuses?
- What does it mean to be an American in 2017 in an era of political division, factionalism and incivility? What values and ideals can we agree on?
- What can citizens—especially young people—do to sustain and support our democracy?
The event is sponsored by the Ethics Center at Fresno State, the Fresno County Civic Education Partnership and the Fresno County Office of Education. For more information, contact Andrew Fiala at afiala@ csufresno.edu or visit www.csufresno.edu/ethicscenter.
John Minkler is a civic education consultant.