Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Russell Forum in Tifton

Russell Forum for Civic Life in Georgia staff will hit the road at the end of the month to moderate two forums in Tifton, Georgia on health care policy. The moderating team of Jill Severn, Jan Levinson, and Margaret Holt are traveling to Tifton on September 29 and 30th at the invitation of the Tift County Republican and Democratic parties and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College’s Political Science Club and Young Democrats.

Sue Wilson and Jonathan Jones, leaders of the local political parties, say they invited the Russell Forum team to Tifton to guide fair, balanced, respectful dialogue, agreeing that weighing the pros and cons of passionate concerns is not an easy matter if people out-shout or dominate one another.

The Russell moderating team will use the National Issues Forums issue guide, Coping with the Cost of Health Care, as the basis for both forums. The Russell Forum is thrilled to return to Tifton to continue to help the city build a habit of vibrant civic engagement. Last fall, the Russell Forum worked with Tifton community leaders to offer three forums on community development, the news media, and health care as part of a national initiative to encourage civic engagement leading up to the presidential election.

The Tifton forums will take place on the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College campus in Room 101 of Bowen Hall, directly east of Donaldson Dining Hall and north of the Student Center. For more information contact Jill Severn at 706-542-5766 or jsevern@uga.edu.

Post by Jill Severn, Director, Russell Forum for Civic Life in Georgia

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