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Reservoir Health Focus of Wakefield Public Forum

Concerns that sedimentation is filling the reservoir and blue-green algae blooms that impair water quality are recurring prompted high turnout at a public forum in Wakefield, Kan. on February 9. Read more here.

Community Food Security Discussions

On October 15, Junction City held its first FEAST, modeled on the Oregon Food Bank's plan of community engagement for "Food, Education, Agriculture, Solutions Together.” Organized by Live Well Geary County and facilitated by the Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy (ICDD), the half-day event was attended by 42 residents who agreed to develop community organizing around the theme of locally grown, healthy food for everyone. Participants included public and non-profit working groups such as a food policy council and a food pantry, as well as individuals describing themselves as food insecure who also distribute home-grown produce to others in need. Additional Kansas counties are planning FEAST events in the coming months. If you are interested in participating, email Donna Schenck-Hamlin. Read more here.

Debating the Debates: Research Project Studies Civility in Presidential Election

ICDD Assistant Director Tim Shaffer is offering students an opportunity to weigh in on the conduct of the presidential debates in a survey project with the National Institute for Civil Discourse.  Surveys are being administered at each of the campus Debate Watch events, the final of which occurs this Wednesday, October 18 at 8:00pm in Leadership Studies Building, Room 127. Read more here

Agreeing to Disagree | A Look at Civility in Political Discussion

ICDD Project Coordinator Donna Schenck-Hamlin was interviewed for a K-State video on civility by Matthew Blomberg, News Specialist at the Division of Communications and Marketing. "Agreeing to Disagree" examines what civility means in the context of political discourse, and offers some tips for successfully talking, even with disagreement, about current issues. Read more here.

University Partnership Leads to Community Conversation

The Cats for Inclusion campaign, supported through the Staley School of Leadership Studies and the Kansas State University Black Student Union have formed a partnership to develop a public discussion and civic leadership training series. The first of three community conversations took place on September 3rd, October 2nd, and 27th. Read more here.