April 13: How do we think about local news?
April 13, 7-8:45 p.m.
Follen Church Community Center, 755 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington
Amber Payne, Editor in Chief of The Emancipator.
Dan Kennedy, professor in the School of Journalism at Northeastern University
Elizabeth Hansen Shapiro, CEO and co-founder of the National Trust for Local News
Lauren Feeney, co-founder and interim Executive Director of The Lexington Observer.
Julie McCay Turner, cofounder of The Bedford Citizen.
Maggie Herzig, Founding Associate – now retired – of Essential Partners, an organization promoting dialogue on public issues.
How well are communities served when their news sources either discontinue operations or are bought out by corporate conglomerates that shift to a regional focus? Where do you go to learn what’s happening in your community? How are people in power held accountable when there no local news?
This event is co-sponsored by the Follen Church Social Action Justice Team, Lexington Lyceum Advocates and the Lexington Observer
This is the third and final event in a series of conversations. These community conversations take place in an interactive format: brief remarks by experts in the field, followed by a moderator-led Q&A discussion with audience members, and culminating in break-out sessions in small groups, led by the panelists. Breakout sessions will be facilitated by Maggie Herzig, founding associate with Essential Partners.
Past Community Conversations
March 7: How do we encourage civic engagement to foster a greater sense of community in Lexington?
Resources, presenter bios, and evaluation forms
What do you think makes a good citizen? What makes someone feel a part of a community — or excluded from it? Our panelists and attendees will wrestle with what it means to be engaged: voting, serving as an elected official, advocating for yourself or others, speaking and demonstrating, attending meetings, and volunteering on committees. How do you do this when life already feels overcrowded and there are too many demands on your time?
This is the second in a series of conversations co-sponsored by the Lexington Lyceum Advocates and LexObserver.
Anil Ahuja is a Lexington Town Meeting Member and a Member of the Lexington Appropriation Committee1. He is the current President of Indian-Americans Getting Involved Group (iGIG).
Mike Barrett is State Senator for nine Massachusetts communities — Bedford, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Lincoln, Waltham, Weston, and large parts of Lexington and Sudbury.
Jerren Chang is the co-founder & CEO of GenUnity – a Boston-based nonprofit that brings diverse residents – from ‘proximate experts’ experiencing an issue (e.g., Housing Insecurity) to ‘siloed experts’ working in relevant institutions (e.g., Boston Housing Authority) – together to drive change.
Dr. Ofrit Liviatan is a lecturer on law and politics at Harvard’s Department of Government. Dr. Liviatan’s research interests and award-winning teachings focus on divided societies and the role of legal and political mechanisms in the accommodation of diversity.
February 9: How can our education system foster a sense of racial and social justice in our schools and throughout our communities?
An interactive conversation
Lexington’s demographics are rapidly changing, which brings challenges to the whole community. Are we effectively honoring and celebrating this diversity? How do we tell a more complete story of who Lexington is and has been in our school curriculum? What kind of projects or programs can foster collaboration, respect, and appreciation for the contributions of Lexingtonians of all backgrounds?
This community conversation will take place in an interactive format: brief remarks by experts in the field, followed by a moderator-led Q&A discussion with audience members, and culminating in break-out sessions in small groups, led by the panelists.
This is the first in a series of conversations co-sponsored by the Lexington Lyceum Advocates and LexObserver. This community conversation is co-sponsored by the Lexington Lyceum Advocate, LexObserver, and the First Parish Racial Justice Team.
Dr. Natasha Warikoo, Professor of Sociology, Tufts University; author of Race at the Top and The Diversity Bargain
Kerry Dunne, Ed.D. History & Social Studies Department Head, Lexington High School
Mona Roy, Advocate, Education Committee of Indian Americans of Lexington, Past Chair of Lexington Human Rights Committee, Vice Chair of Lex250 Committee
Jane Hundley, Social Studies Department Head, grades 6-8, Lexington Public Schools
Dr. Robert Bellinger, Public historian and educator
Come to talk, share, question, listen, and learn!
Space is limited: reserve your ticket now.
Have ideas for more community conversation topics? Let us know!
March 7: How do we foster civic engagement in Lexington?
Panelists: Ofrit Liviatan, Citizen Assemblies, Divided Societies
State Senator Michael Barrett
Jerren Chang, GenUnity
Anil Ahuja, Lexington Indian American League Getting Involved Group