APS 2020
Season

Active. Informed. Engaged.

An informed citizenry is the only true repository of the public will.

– Thomas Jefferson

In our sixth season, American Public Square at Jewell offers live events, podcasts and digital programming that encourage community members to take an active, informed and engaged role to address our society’s most pressing issues.

Join APS by attending a live or virtual event, and “Opt-In” to conversations that open hearts and minds and move our community forward. Learn more about our upcoming programs below.

Signature Events: Our Signature Events comprise APS’ main programming and are typically offered live and in-person at venues across the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. We bring in expert panelists with diverse perspectives to engage in civil, fact-based conversation on the most important issues faced by our community and nation. These topics range from healthcare to politics, faith to community, education to civic engagement, and more. All Signature Events are free and open to the public.

Member-Only Events: These exclusive events are only available for current American Public Square Members. They include Member socials, special speaker receptions, and our Nuts & Bolts of Democracy series, which brings in high-profile speakers to talk about our government, our political system, and what you can do to affect change in your community. Additionally, APS Members also enjoy our First Round Pop-Ups, which brings APS Members together to have small-group conversations about recent events alongside a discussion leader with expertise on the topic. You can learn more about APS Membership here. 

Student Initiative Events: The APS Student Initiative engages high school and college students in a variety of ways to impart to them the importance of civil, fact-based discourse, civic engagement, and community participation. In addition to educational lessons, internships, and special activities, participants in the effort are given the opportunity to organize APS programs – effectively these events are designed for students, by students to help their peers become more active and engaged in their community. The events are free and open to the public.

At The Square

At The Square offers a variety of digital, on-demand and live content including podcasts, programs and conversations. Through At The Square, American Public Square covers topics that correspond to APS live events while providing additional context and robust information on the issues. Content often features conversations among well-regarded experts, APS Members and APS Staff.

Past Events

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Jul
29
Jun
24
Jun

Cocktails & Politics featuring Kevin Yoder

6:00 PM 7:00 PM
Webinar via Zoom
15
Jun

The Oath of Commitment

5:30 PM
Webinar via Zoom
11
Jun

Cocktails & Politics featuring Margaret Talev

6:00 PM 7:00 PM
Webinar via Zoom
18
May
04
May

Are We All in this Together?

5:30 PM
Webinar via Zoom
29
Apr
25
Sep
20
Sep

Author Ken Ilgunas

2:00 PM
Kansas City, MO
09
May

Special Screening of “The Pursuit”

6:00 PM
UMKC Student Union
12
Mar

Pre-K For All?

The Robert J Mohart Multipurpose FOCUS Center
28
Feb

Lifelines: Preventing Teen Suicide

6:30 pm
United Methodist Church of the Resurrection
04
Dec

Common Good: A Model for Community Engagement & Racial Equity

6:30 pm
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Conference Center
13
Nov

The Criminalization of Policy

6:30 pm 8:00 PM
Savior Pastoral Center, Kansas City, KS
01
Nov
23
Oct

The Good Fight For Resources

6:30 pm
Unity Temple on the Plaza
11
Oct

One Person, No Vote? A Conversation with Carol Anderson

6:30 pm 8:00 PM
Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel, Park University
06
Sep

Up In Arms: Kids & Guns

6:30 pm
Unity Temple on the Plaza
08
May

Healthy Minds: Mental Health & Schools

The Ball Conference Center
25
Apr

Metro-Area Student Debate Series, part 2

National World War 1 Museum & Memorial
19
Apr

East is East & West is West

Johnson County Library
26
Mar

Marriage & Millennials

6:30 pm
Boulevard Brewery
13
Mar

Fake News

Unity Temple on the Plaza
01
Feb

Insuring a Future: The ACA & American Health Care Reform

5:30 PM
Pierson Auditorium, Atterbury Student Success Center, UMKC
06
Dec

NATO: Truman to Trump

Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum
09
Nov

Bad Choices. No Choices. Food Insecurity

University of Missouri Kansas City
16
Oct

The Elephant and Donkey in the Room

National World War 1 Museum and Memorial
22
May

Home Sweet Home: Aging in Place

5:30 PM 8:00 PM
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
09
May

Eat, Drink and Be Healthy: Public Health Services

5:30 PM 8:00 PM
Pierson Auditorium, UMKC
01
May

Evening at the Square with Matthew Dowd

6:00 PM 9:00 PM
Boulevard Brewery Company
19
Apr

Violence, Community & Faith: Connecting the Dots

5:30 PM 8:00 PM
Pierson Auditorium, UMKC
07
Mar

Cops and Community

6:00 PM 8:00 PM
Robert J. Mohart Multi-Purpose Center Facility
21
Feb

An Eye for an Eye: Reevaluating the Death Penalty

6:00 PM 8:00 PM
Kansas City Public Library Plaza Branch
07
Feb

Live, Work, Play: Social Determinants of Health

5:30 PM 8:00 PM
Pierson Auditorium, UMKC
24
Jan

Live and Learn: Neighborhoods, Education and Transformation

6:00 PM 8:00 PM
Village Presbyterian Church
17
Jan

Religion and Race: Chasm or Bridge?

6:00 PM 8:00 PM
Redeemer Fellowship
15
Nov

The Neighborhood Effect

5:30 PM 8:00 PM
Pierson Auditorium, UMKC
13
Oct

Why Can’t We Be Friends: Civility and Politics

6:30 pm 8:00 PM
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
10
Oct

Documentary Screening: Best of Enemies

7:00 PM 9:00 PM
University of Missouri Kansas City Theatre
20
Sep

The Painful Truth

5:30 PM 8:00 PM
Pierson Auditorium, UMKC
06
Jun

Evening at the Square

6:00 PM 9:00 PM
Boulevard Brewing Company