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

American Public Square is a nonpartisan nonprofit that seeks to change the tone and quality of public discourse. We organize programs that feature expert panelists and audience members with opposing views talking to each other, civilly, about controversial topics. Though these discussions may not always change minds, everyone walks away with a better understanding of the other side, a key step toward respect, compromise, and resolution. Join the conversation!

Upcoming Events

10/23/2018

THE GOOD FIGHT FOR RESOURCES

@UNITY TEMPLE ON THE PLAZA, CHARLES FILLMORE CHAPEL

11/1/2018

FAMILY DINNER

HOW TO HANDLE CONFLICT AT THE THANKSGIVING TABLE

A MEMBERS-ONLY DINNER

@COMMUNITY OF CHRIST AUDITORIUM,
INDEPENDENCE, MO

10/23/2018

THE GOOD FIGHT FOR RESOURCES

@UNITY TEMPLE ON THE PLAZA, CHARLES FILLMORE CHAPEL

11/1/2018

FAMILY DINNER

HOW TO HANDLE CONFLICT AT THE THANKSGIVING TABLE

A MEMBERS-ONLY DINNER

@COMMUNITY OF CHRIST AUDITORIUM,
INDEPENDENCE, MO

Forging Alliances: Reading Roundup

Forging Alliances: Addressing Violence in Kansas City Reading Roundup The inaugural program of APS's KC Common Good series featured a screening of the documentary Uncommon Allies by filmmaker Jon Brick. The film focuses on the relationship between Mothers in Charge—an...

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Up In Arms: Reading Roundup

Up In Arms: Kids & Guns Reading Roundup On average, 17,102 children and teens are shot each year. Of that number, 2,737 die. Firearm injuries are the third leading cause of death among children in the United States, and the number of children killed by guns in this...

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On Civility: The Debate Rages On

On Civility: The Debate Rages On The debate about whether, at this moment in American politics, we should be civil toward government officials rages on. Liberal-leaning Americans continue to label Republican (and some Democrat) calls for civility as hypocritical,...

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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.

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