Courageous Conversations: Voting & Elections

Saturday, June 4 — 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Join us for an open, respectful discussion of voting and elections in America. All backgrounds and viewpoints are welcome in the discussion. Each participant is asked to read this month’s articles on the topic prior to the discussion.

June 4, 2022

Events > Courageous Conversations: Voting & Elections

When
Saturday, June 4
10:30 am to 11:30 am

Where
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library

THIS EVENT HAS PASSED.

How do we encourage and safeguard voting? Join us for an open, respectful discussion of voting and elections in America. All backgrounds and viewpoints are welcome, and prior attendance at Courageous Conversations is not required.

Participants are asked to read/view this month’s background resources prior to the conversation.

 

Be Prepared

Prior to the conversation, please read this month’s articles. Printed copies are available at the Library.

Elections: How Should We Encourage And Safeguard Voting?
Issue Guide from the National Issues Forum

 

Dive Deeper

Looking to dive deeper? These articles and podcasts are not required, but will give you more perspective on this month’s issue.

You may also choose to do further reading on your own. If you do so, keep these guidelines in mind:

  1. Choose a reputable source
    Check out the credentials of the author or publication and look for a fact-based article or book. Don’t waste time reading opinion pieces from someone who’s trying to rile you up.
  2. Exit your echo chamber
    Look for a thoughtful article or book from someone whose opinion differs from yours. Learn what the other side says and keep guideline #1 in mind when you choose this source.

The Electoral College – Top 3 Pros and Cons
Pro/Con discussion from Britannica

Voting Laws Roundup
Report from the Brennan Center for Justice

Voting Rights Lab: State Voting Rights Tracker
Tool for exploring existing laws and pending legislation on voting rights in all 50 states

 

Library Books

Democracy in One Book or Less: How it Works, Why it Doesn’t, and Why Fixing it is Easier than You Think

Thank You for Voting: The Maddening, Enlightening, Inspiring Truth about Voting in America

Voting and the Spirit of American Democracy: Essays on the History of Voting and Voting Rights in America

The Fight to Vote

Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America

Let the People Pick the President: The Case for Abolishing the Electoral College

What You Need to Know about Voting and Why

Democracy in One Book or Less: How it Works, Why it Doesn't, and Why Fixing it is Easier than You Think
Thank You for Voting: The Maddening, Enlightening, Inspiring Truth about Voting in America
The Fight to Vote
Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America
Let the People Pick the President: The Case for Abolishing the Electoral College
What You Need to Know about Voting and Why

 

What are Courageous Conversations?

Courageous Conversations is a small-group discussion series that will provide an opportunity for people of all backgrounds and viewpoints to discuss important local, cultural, social, and political issues in a safe environment where differing opinions, patient listening, and respectful discussion are welcomed as a necessary part of building connection with others and identifying shared values. Participants may be asked to read short articles, books, or listen to podcasts prior to the meetings and will be asked to abide by our shared discussion guidelines.

Library staff will facilitate the conversations and ensure that all participants have the opportunity to share in the discussion.

The event is in person and attendance space is limited; please remember to register.

 

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