Bringing together non-like-minded people for fact-based, civil conversations about national, regional, and local issues.

American Public Square is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that is changing the tone and quality of public discourse. We present programs on community, education, health, faith, and civics to create a better understanding among people with opposing views.

UPCOMING EVENTS

AMERICAN PUBLIC SQUARE  //  SEASON 4

09/26/2017

MEMBERS SOCIAL HOUR

GREETING AT THE SQUARE

@Breit’s Stein & Deli

 

10/16/2017

THE ELEPHANT AND DONKEY IN THE ROOM: THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN POLITICAL PARTIES

@NATIONAL WORLD WAR I MUSEUM AND MEMORIAL 

11/09/2017

BAD CHOICES. NO CHOICES. FOOD INSECURITY

DINNER AT THE SQUARE

@Pierson Auditorium, in the Atterbury Student Success Center, UMKC

 

CONGRATS KCPT

on 11 Regional EMMY® nominations!

 

Two of the programs from our third season—“Eye for an Eye: Reevaluating the Death Penalty” and “Take Note – Our Schools: Does Zip Code Matter?”—were among the nominations.

See what other programs were nominated.

Civil Citizen: Sister Rose McLarney

CONGRATULATIONS! To Sister Rose McLarney, co-founder and president of Journey To New Life, and recipient of the American Public Square Civil Citizen Award! One of the tenets of American Public Square is to bring together non-like-minded people for civil conversation....

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Heather McGhee and Matt Kibbe — Repairing the Breach

It’s hard to imagine honest, revelatory, even enjoyable conversation between people on distant points of American life right now. But in this public conversation with Krista at the Citizen University annual conference, Matt Kibbe and Heather McGhee show us how.

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One of the tenets of American Public Square is to bring together non-like-minded people for civil conversation. We want to recognize those in our community who share this goal, who create a space in which people with varying points of view can work together to benefit Kansas City.

We present the American Public Square Civil Citizen Award to individuals who inspire us and others.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

ABOUT AMERICAN PUBLIC SQUARE

Thank you so much! I have enjoyed the programs a lot, learned a lot, been dismayed a lot, and changed some of my opinions. So glad you came to Kansas City!

An informative, evenhanded discussion.

I believe that the format of the panel, the panelists themselves, the moderator, and even the audience maintained the mantra of civility in such an impressive manner. The event was not only enjoyable, but also edifying!

Interesting. Refreshing to listen in a calm atmosphere.

Well done! Moderator, civility bell, fact checkers, reception to encourage friendliness, discouraging clapping.