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.


That’s a wrap!

Thank you to our sponsors, partners, panelists, moderators, roving reporters, and all who attended and streamed our Season 4 programs! We’re thrilled with how this season turned out, and we’re grateful to all of you for helping us put together quality programs that encourage civil discourse.

As we prepare for Season 5, feel free to revisit the programs from last season. You can watch videos and view photos on each individual program’s page. We’re in the process of uploading media from each event, so if it’s not there today, check back tomorrow!

Give the gift of civility!

This season, give the gift of civility! Did you know you can buy American Public Square memberships for your friends and family? A membership offers free tickets to our paid events, supports our mission of changing the tone and quality of public discourse, and adds...

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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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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.