Our Community public forums provide a space to discuss topics outside of our regular programming. We partner with institutions and organizations to promote public dialogue, over a variety of topics, through panel discussions, an open Q&A, and interactive events. 

Our hope is to engage communities in thoughtful discussions that touch on current social issues while promoting awareness for these topics throughout the state of Missouri. 

Why It Matters: Uniting a Polarized Nation

The nation’s social fabric is torn by partisan distrust, disinformation, exclusion, and coarsened public discourse. Our ties to one another have become perilously fragile as we grow more divided, gridlocking over social issues, race, health, and the economy. 

In this series, we explore our divisions, the lasting marks of polarization, and the future of democracy in America. “Why It Matters” aims to address the many layers of ideological polarization and approach the issues on a personal, community, historical, and societal levels with our virtual audience in rural, urban, and suburban communities across the ‘Show Me’ state.

Democracy and the Informed Citizen 

Our Democracy and the Informed Citizen initiative seeks to deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed society. 

On September 22nd, 2020 we are hosting “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” virtually. This program is made possible by the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and is administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils. 

JUST Listening

Our JUST Listening series is dedicated to cataloging the art and activism that responds in the wake of tragic community events. This project took shape in 2014 as community response grew for social justice in Ferguson, Missouri. Partnering with the University of Missouri – St. Louis, we created the above 26 minute documentary that focuses on art as a reaction to tragedy and as a form of activism. 

Now, nearly six years later, we readdress this topic as we dive back into how art and activism can raise awareness and help build better, stronger communities. 

Think-N-Drinks

Our Think-N-Drink series merges current social topics and issues with a relaxed environment, where a beverage is encouraged! Grab a tea, coffee, or cocktail and join in as we discuss relevant social issues with a laid back public conversation. 

Our 2021 Constitutional Think-N-Drink Series is developed in conjunction with the podcast series Constitutional hosted by Washington Post journalist Lillian Cunningham. Click the link below to learn more.