The following announcement came from the Watertown Free Public Library:
With hate crimes on the rise and inflammatory rhetoric dominating social media, the Watertown Free Public Library and Watertown Community Conversations are partnering to create a space for civil discourse on potentially divisive topics.
The partnership begins Thursday, December 6 as a part of the library’s Democracy Talks series. The topic is a thorny one: Inequality and Public Policy. Sara Chaganti, Senior Research Associate at the Institute on Assets and Social Policy at Brandeis University, will kick off the conversation by discussing the role of public policy – both current and past – in driving inequality. She will show that inequality is not simply an unfortunate by-product of the free market, but is also driven by a series of policy decisions.
After the talk, Watertown Community Conversations will facilitate small dialog groups, using proven conversation techniques, to bring Chaganti’s message home: Where do we see inequality in our community? How is this inequality related to national, state, and local policy? Democracy Talks is free and open to all. For more information visit watertownlib.org/democracytalks
Democracy Talks: Inequality and Public Policy
Thursday, 12/6 | 7 pm | Watertown Free Public Library
Democracy Talks is a series of events designed to illuminate the democratic process and create space for conversation. Our expert speakers grapple with the thorniest issues of our time, providing much-needed context and suggesting paths to engagement. watertownlib.org/democracytalks
Watertown Community Conversations is a group dedicated to the strengthening the social fabric of our community through use of proven public conversation techniques. watertownconversations.org
The Watertown Free Public Library provides access to a wide variety of popular materials, resources, services, and programs that fulfill the informational, cultural and recreational needs of Watertown and surrounding communities. The WFPL works to create an environment that attracts and welcomes users of all ages and abilities. Watertownlib.org