I found out about this project from a discussion list posting for librarians and thought it sounded like something Texas Forums members would enjoy. I hope that some of you are able to attend and will consider leading one of these programs either in person or using the Texas Forums Opal Room Online! Let me know if you are interested…
The Civically Engaged Reader
Connecting Literature and Civic Service
Date: November 21, 2006
Time: 1:00 p.m. Eastern, 12:00 Central, 11:00 Mountain, 10:00 Pacific
Location: OPAL Auditorium (http://22.214.171.124/v4/login.asp?r=67955673&p=0 or go to: http://opal-online.org/ and click on Opal Auditorium)
Sponsored by: Texas Forums, an initiative of the LBJ Presidential Library.
Program Description: The Project on Civic Reflection offers a fresh set of resources for reading and conversation that provide compelling programming for people interested in increasing civic engagement.
Established at Valparaiso University in 1998 with support from the Lilly Endowment, the Project on Civic Reflection helps civic groups and organizations build reading and discussion into the giving and service projects. These organizations learn to talk more comfortably with colleagues about values and to respond more imaginatively to the needs of their communities.
Elizabeth Lynn, the project’s founder will lead participants in participants in a civic reflection based on a selection from The Civically Engaged Reader. Erik Jorgensen, incoming Director of the Maine Humanities Council will discuss two exemplary library-based civic reflection programs. Participants will also tour the project’s online resource library, and learn about resources for conducting your own Civic Reflection programming, including the website, small grants, facilitator training and the anthology, The Civically Engaged Reader.
How to attend: To attend this event, go to the OPAL (Online Programming for All Libraries) Website <http://www.opal-online.org/> and enter the auditorium link on the left hand side of the page. <http://126.96.36.199/v4/login.asp?r=67955673&p=0>. You will need a computer with speakers. If you have a microphone attached to your computer, you will be able to pose questions to the panelist orally. Otherwise, you can interact via text messaging in the virtual auditorium. If you have never attended an OPAL event, check out the video introduction at: http://www.opal-online.org/OPALpromo200603b.wmv. (Windows Media Video file; playback time 2 minutes, 39 seconds)