The first in a series of National Issues Forum (NIF) discussions begins this Saturday, January 13, at Charles County Public Library's P.D. Brown Branch at 2 p.m. Two other discussions will be held on Saturday, January 27 at Calvert Library Prince Frederick at 9:30 a.m., and later that same day at St. Mary's County Library's Lexington Park Branch at 2 p.m. The discussions will be moderated by the former president of the College of Southern Maryland, Brad Gottfried, and his wife, Linda.
All three discussions will focus on the question, "How Should Communities Reduce Violence?" as part of an overall topic of "Safety and Justice."
NIF is a network of civic, educational (and other organizations) and individuals whose common interest is to promote public deliberation in America. It includes civic clubs, religious organizations, libraries, schools and many other groups that meet to discuss critical public issues. Forum participants range from teenagers to retirees, prison inmates to community leaders and literacy students to university students.
NIF does not advocate specific solutions or points of view, but provides citizens the opportunity to consider a broad range of choices, weigh the pros and cons of those choices and meet with each other in a public dialogue to identify the concerns they hold in common.
NIF booklets on the discussion topic of "Safety and Justice" are available to check out through all three county library systems. Additional copies will be made available on a first come, first served basis at the discussion programs.
Though the programs are free and open to the public, seating is limited. Please go to SMRLA.org/NIF
to register for a specific location/program.
For more information about the National Issues Forum, visit nifi.org
. To learn more about the Southern Maryland Regional Library Association, visit smrla.org
or call 301-884-0436.