Community Conversations Spring Series offers discussion forums

Feb. 12, 2004
Karen B. Eldridge, Director of News and Public Information

This spring, the Community Conversations series at Maryville College invites College and community members to explore pertinent local, national and global issues through three panel discussions.

Typically, Community Conversations brings several noted speakers to the College campus for lectures and presentations centered on a single theme, but for the spring 2004 semester, public discussions are planned, led by a panel of noted experts who'll tackle topics ranging from local government to civil liberties to pollution and the global economy.

The Spring 2004 series begins on Tuesday, Feb. 17, with a discussion centered on local issues. Attendees will be encouraged to "Think Globally, Act Locally," the title of the conversation, in an open discussion featuring a distinguished panel of local leaders that includes Howard Kerr, former state representative and founder and executive of the Tennessee International Partnership Service; Carolyn Forester, director of Leadership Blount; Maryville Vice-Mayor Tom Taylor; and Andy White, the director of Project Greenspace.

Dr. Nancy Locklin, assistant professor of history at the College, will moderate the discussion, which begins at 7 p.m. in the Lawson Auditorium of Fayerweather Hall.

"National Security and Civil Liberties: Striking a Balance" is the topic of the second conversation, scheduled for 7 p.m., March 11, in the College's Center for Campus Ministry.

Panelists for the March 11 discussion include Russ Dedrick, first assistant U.S. attorney for the eastern district of Tennessee, state representative Doug Overbey and Ben Pressnell, attorney and board member of the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee. Dr. Harry Howard, professor of political science at the College, will moderate.

On April 21, at 3 p.m. in the Center for Campus Ministry, four new panelists will gather to debate "Pollution, Growth and the Global Economy." On the program are Bill Baxter of TVA's board of directors; Jim Clinton, director of the Southern Growth Policies Board; Dan Klingensmith, assistant professor of history at Maryville College; and Stephen Smith, executive director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.

Dave Powell, senior instructor of English, will moderate.

"We're excited about the new panel discussion format of the spring Community Conversations Series," said David Rasnake, a junior at the College and member of the Community Conversations Committee. "I believe that these discussions will truly promote ‘community conversations' about these important issues."

All panel discussions are free and open to the community. For more information, contact Dr. Crystal Wright at 865.981.8269.

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,198.