Sedona AZ (September 3, 2012) – Yavapai College is joining Project Civil Discourse as a host site for an Arizona statewide simulcast that will discuss three key initiatives listed on the November 2012 general election ballot. The simulcast, originating in Phoenix, will ask local panels to present views on Arizona Proposition 204, merit selection, and open primaries initiatives.
NAU’s Philosophy in the Public Interest Advisory Board Members Barbara Litrell and Judy Reddington, along with Kira Golden, will facilitate the simulcast’s Sedona panel discussion. In addition to Sedona and Phoenix, participants and facilitators from the communities of Tucson, Scottsdale, Apache Junction, Flagstaff and Yuma will engage in the local panel process.
The simulcast will begin with an overview of the three 2012 General election ballot initiatives followed by a pause to allow the various statewide locations to engage in local round-table discussions: A recorder at each location will email highlights of those discussions to Phoenix for compilation into a forum digest. After the simulcast resumes and the forum digest is shared, the local panels will be encouraged to promote further conversation.
The intent of the Project Civil Discourse simulcast forum is nonpartisan; no specific outcome is intended or agreement on solutions necessarily sought. The objective of the simulcast event is to aid in public understanding of important issues and, more importantly, to demonstrate how issues can be discussed in a civil and respectful way.
The Yavapai College and Project Civil Discourse event is free, but space is limited and pre-registration is required. Register on-line at Mapping Arizona’s Future: A Forum on Arizona’s Key Ballot Initiatives at the ProjectCivilDiscourse.org web site.