Community Conversations

When the Stone Building opened in 1833, its second floor served as a lyceum lecture hall intended to educate adults about important topics of the day. Today, the Stone Building lyceum is one of the few intact 19th-century lyceums that be returned to its original use. We hope to bring Lexington’s historic lyceum back to life with events like Community Conversations!

Recent Community Conversations

Why can’t we talk to each other? A conversation on civil discourse, extremism, polarization, bias, and our town

Watch the LexMedia video on YouTube

October 24, 7-8:45 pm
Lexington Community Center Dining Room, 39 Marrett Road

Join us as expert panelists discuss how divisions develop – on the national and local level – and how to promote a culture of open, respectful communication in Lexington and beyond. Learn how improving civil discourse allows us to approach difficult topics to build healthier relationships and a more connected community. This event is co-sponsored by the Lexington Observer and the Lexington Human Rights Committee.


Regie Gibson, Literary Performer


Kerry Dunne

Kerry Dunne, Ed.D. History & Social Studies Department Head, Lexington High School

David Fairman

David Fairman, Senior Mediator, Consensus Building Institute, and Associate Director, MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program

Harry Forsdick

Harry Forsdick, Founder and Moderator, Lexington List

Katherine Manning, World History Teacher, Lexington High School

John Sarrouf

John Sarrouf, Co-Executive Director and Director of Program Development of Essential Partners

Read more about our panelists

Questions about Community Conversations?

Coming Soon!

November 8, 2023 – Staying Curious and in Community When the Conversation is Tough: an Interactive Workshop with John Sarrouf and Maggie Herzig
This interactive workshop is a follow-on activity to our Civil Discourse Community Conversation in October. Learn how to notice and disrupt destructive patterns and find ways to stay curious and connected in your community.

Register Now (suggested $15 fee to offset program costs)

January 2024 – Why is affordable housing so hard?

Spring 2024 – Sustainability

Past Community Conversations

Spring 2023 Community Conversations

  • April 13: How do we think about local news?
  • March 7: How do we encourage civic engagement to foster a greater sense of community in Lexington?
  • February 9: How can our education system foster a sense of racial and social justice in our schools and throughout our communities?