Today Joe's promoting an event in which folks around the world, including right here in Portland, are participating. One Book Many Conversations is an initiative that serves to promote the free exchange of ideas that's necessary to any thriving democratic society. The folks behind this event believe that open conversation lies at the heart of democracy. Discussions grounded in a book can be particularly fertile for productive exchanges—giving everyone in the conversation a common point of reference for examining and articulating their ideas. This year's discussions will revolve around George Orwell's classic novel 1984.
UNE faculty and staff will moderate conversations at a number institutions in the area (e.g., at MECA and at the Thomas Library in Cape Elizabeth), along with four conversations on our two campuses and two at locations in Biddeford (Dirigo Brewery, and Elements bookstore/coffee shop). Learn more here.
Joe urges you to learn more about this worldwide event here, and hopes that the discussions are informative and inspiring.