“Close to Home”—a companion series to the popular “Great Decisions” foreign policy presentations—is a domestic issues series that utilizes a panel discussion format to explore a range of often-times difficult-to-discuss realities that have the potential to impact the daily lives of people within our community. The “Close to Home” discussions will be take place in Manitowoc Public Library’s Balkansky Community Room at 6:00 PM on the first four Monday evenings in October.
October 1: We will be taking a look at “Guns in Schools.” Tragic gun-related events have become an all-too-frequent occurrences in academic settings. We’ll discuss how we got to this point and what could possibly be done to eliminate them from recurring. Members of this panel include Sergeant Andy Trilling of Manitowoc Police Department’s Crime Prevention Program and longtime educator, Barbara Bundy-Jost, as well as other members of our community with strongly-held opinions on the topic.
October 8: “Surviving Suicide” becomes the focus of our discussion. While this topic is an admittedly a difficult one to address, we seem to be able to openly take on array of difficult-to-discuss issues. However, suicide remains taboo, hushed, and in-the-shadows. This panel—comprised of both survivors (Amber Daugs & Stacey Groll) and those that seek to recognize and prevent people from reaching that level of despair (Donna Firman of Prevent Suicide Manitowoc, Carrie Redo of Healthiest Manitowoc, Scott Gunderson, Agricultural Agent, UW Extension, Jennifer Gleichner, Health Aide, Lincoln High School and Sergeant Andy Trilling, MTPD Crime Prevention) —will serve as the facilitators of what undoubtedly be a heartfelt, passionate discussion.
October 15: With the midterm elections literally scant weeks away from this evening, we thought that it would be an excellent time to discuss “Elections: Rights, Issues, & Ethics.” Time to take a closer look at what is perhaps our greatest—and most abused, overlooked, and neglected—rights as Americans. Our expert panel—comprised of Matthew Kadow, Jamie Aulik, Molly McGrath (a representative from the American Civil Liberties Union), and others—bring a wealth of insight and passion to the table. Definitely not to be missed!
October 22: Merriam-Webster defines Freedom of Speech as “the legal right to express one’s opinion freely.” In fact, the First Amendment of the United States Constitution protects freedom of speech, one of the most-cherished of American rights. But, how free is “Freedom of Speech” and are we in danger of having it compromised—or even lost altogether. Jon us and our crack panel on October 22nd to explore this topic from as many angles as we can fit into the allotted time.We hope you will join us for these vital conversations. Admission is free!