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Food for Thought Series Oct. 3, 10 and 17 Mixes Dinner and Discussion

September 13, 2013 — Adults are invited to register for a free series, “Food for Thought: A Civil Discussion on …” on Thursdays, Oct. 3, 10 and 17, in the Library Center auditorium featuring a complimentary soup dinner and panel discussions.

The Springfield-Greene County Library District, Community Foundation of the Ozarks and the Civility Project are sponsoring the series, inviting adults to break bread and participate in discussions of issues challenging our community.

Each evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a complimentary meal of soup, bread, cheese and dessert by Branch Bistro & Catering, a program of Victory Mission Trade School. Every session features a different panel of experts and citizens.

Sessions are 6-8 p.m., and are limited to 75 participants. Registration is required for each session by calling 882-0714.

  • Thursday, Oct. 3, 6-8 p.m. Fighting Fair in the Culture Wars

The world is at our door. Our community is growing more diverse. What will it take for us to embrace our differences and maintain civility? What are the repercussions if we don’t? Moderated by Mike Stout, associate professor, Missouri State University Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Panelists include Tim Rosenbury, architect; the Rev. Michael Overton, pastor, First Baptist Church; Charles Abernathy Jr., AIDS Project of the Ozarks; and Lyle Foster, owner of Big Momma’s Coffee and Espresso Bar. Registration is ongoing.

  • Thursday, Oct. 10, 6-8 p.m., Constantly Connected: Social Discourse in a Multitasking World

How is our ability and desire to be constantly connected — anytime, anywhere — affecting the fabric of our community? How is it changing the way we discuss
things in society? Moderated by Brian Fogle, Community Foundation of the Ozarks president. Panelists include Jonathan Groves, Drury University assistant professor of communication; Susan Henderson, licensed psychologist, Burrell Behavioral Health; Cora Scott, City of Springfield director of Public Information and Civic Engagement; and the Rev. Phil Snider, Brentwood Christian Church. Registration is ongoing.

  • Thursday, Oct. 17, 6-8 p.m., The 50 Percent: Poverty in Our Community

Fifty percent of our citizens live at or below the poverty level. What are the consequences and the impact on our community and the organizations committed to
serving our impoverished neighbors? Moderated by the Rev. Mark Struckhoff,
executive director, Council of Churches of the Ozarks. Panelists include Annie Busch, Springfield Public School Board member; Dr. John Bentley, Jordan Valley Community
Health Center physician; Carmen Ammerman, single mother supporting her daughters; and Kevin Huffman, Robberson Elementary School principal. Registration starts Sept. 23.


Kathleen O'Dell
Community Relations Director
(417) 616-0564
Sarah Jane Rosendahl
(417) 616-0566

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