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!


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!

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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To Be Civil…or Not to Be?

To Be Civil... Or Not To Be? This week, thanks to several restaurant incidents in which prominent Republicans were harassed or denied dinner, the notion of “civility” in public discourse has become a major topic in the national conversation. At American Public Square,...

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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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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.