Minot State University's Contemporary Community Issues class will sponsor the first Democracy Cafe at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Beaver Brew Cafe, said Jynette Larshus, assistant professor of sociology.
Speakers will be MSU history professor Bethany Andreasen and instructor Mark Timbrook, who will host an informal discussion about the history of civic engagement at Minot State. The discussion is open to the public. Larshus said the topic will connect with the university's centennial celebration.
The Democracy Cafe will be hosted every three weeks, with different speakers leading discussions on other issues facing the community. Larshus said she hopes future discussions will be held on the upcoming Minot Public School District bond issue election, the environment and the housing shortage, among other issues. The class will organize the discussions. They hope to create a non-partisan forum for an exchange of ideas that will lead people to make positive changes.
Larshus hopes for a large turnout.
"The more the merrier," she said. "If we need a bigger venue eventually, that will be great."
- Andrea Johnson