The Chandler Public Library will host FRANK Talks - face-to-face conversations on ideas that matter - in January, February and March, in partnership with Arizona Humanities. The free presentations focus on issues of local and national importance and are led by a humanities scholar or expert on the topic who will facilitate and encourage participants to put the topics in context, weigh the evidence, and consider different points of view. No registration is required.
The goal of FRANK Talks is to inspire people to practice the skill of citizenship - to listen respectfully and engage thoughtfully with one another on relevant issues that affect the community. Chandler Public Libraries strive to serve the public by providing a gathering place where civil and open dialogue about important topics facing our community can happen. The upcoming FRANK Talks include:
- Parenting and Conversations on Reproductive Health
6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018
Chandler Basha Library, 5990 S. Val Vista Drive
Our roles as parents encompass caring for our children through all aspects of development, but we often falter when it comes to talking about sex and sexuality. For our daughters, in particular, having healthy attitudes about sex can promote equitable relationships, foster more positive body images, and nurture thoughtful choices regarding intimacy. Cultural and social values in our country can directly impact conversations about sex and intimacy. What happens when parents and children can't talk about sex and sexuality? Who has access to reliable and accurate information about sex, sexuality and reproduction, and who does not? How can parents have better conversations with their children about sexuality?
Facilitated by Dr. Kathy Nakagawa, Arizona State University, School of Social Transformation.
- The Impact of "Fake News" in the Real World
10:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 24
Chandler Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Road
Although not new, our awareness and use of the term "fake news" has risen in prominence. In general "fake news" is journalism that consists of deliberate misinformation, news whose main purpose is to distort "the truth for emotional persuasion, seeking to drive action." More recently it has become a catch-all term used to discredit stories, and in the political arena to influence the political process and elections in the U.S and abroad. What is the impact of "fake news"? How does "fake news" affect community conversations and civic engagement? How do we balance the benefits of free speech against the burden of propaganda?
Discussion led by Jamie Bowen, Arizona State University, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
- Securing the Borders & Stopping Terrorism - A Constitutional Framework
6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 28
Chandler Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware St.
Protecting its people is among the first priorities of any government. The Constitution's Bill of Rights provides both for protection of the people, but also protects against undue intrusion by the government. How should the U.S. Constitution's system of checks and balances operate in securing U.S. borders and stopping terrorism? Who poses a danger to U.S. security and safety, and what do we do about it? What public policies can be implemented to fulfill the government's competing duties to protect people, and simultaneously respect civil liberties?
Conversation led by Dr. T.J. Davis, Arizona State University, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies.
For additional information, visit chandlerlibrary.org or call 480-782-2800.
- About Chandler Public Library
Serving residents of Chandler and the East Valley since 1954, Chandler Public Library has a commitment to being the reading, learning and cultural center of the community. As the information leaders, we provide a variety of resources, in a variety of formats, so library users of all ages can explore topics of personal interest and continue to learn throughout their lives. Chandler Public Library is part of the City of Chandler Cultural Affairs Division. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.
- About Arizona Humanities
Arizona Humanities is a statewide 501(c)3 non-profit organization and the Arizona affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Since 1973, Arizona Humanities has supported public programs that promote understanding of the human experience with cultural, education, and non-profit organizations across Arizona.