Current Affairs
You asked us to engage community members in current affairs and decision-making. In a time when national, local, and family debates seem to polarize and drive us apart, we ask: “Is it still possible to find common ground. And if so, how?” The Library invites community members  with differing perspectives opportunities to engage in civic dialog.


October 17, 2018
Tackling Wicked Problems: The New Public Participation

Dr. Martín Carcasson, Director of the Center for Public Deliberation, discusses how to shift toward collaborative problem-solving, thereby transforming political conversations and tapping into the best of human nature.

Printable Program PDF

Tackling Wicked Problems Through Deliberative Engagement 

by Martín Carcasson, CSU Center for Public Deliberation


Civil discourse books and DVD recommended by Martín Carcasson and Senator Linda Newell



The Last Bill: A Senator’s Story (DVD)



Predictably Irrational: The hidden forces that shape our lives
by Dan Ariely



What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite
by David DiSalvo



A Mind of its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives
by Cordelia Fine



How We Know What Isn’t So: The Fallibility of Human Reason in Everyday Life
by Thomas Gilovich



by Jonathan Haidt



by Daniel Kahneman



by David McRaney



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Explore a specific issue or event through the detailed coverage provided by local reporting or compare a wide variety of viewpoints from across the country.


Read Across the Aisle

Free app for iPad and iPhone

Free extension for Google Chrome browser on a computer


Play Factitious: a game that tests your news sense developed by American University’s Game Lab