Tennessee has ranked at or near the bottom of the nation in voter registration and turnout for the past two decades. Organizations across the state, including Humanities Tennessee
and Think Tennessee
, are working to encourage voter turnout and to engage citizens in conversation about their news sources and how they affect voter participation.
Humanities Tennessee will hold free public discussions In Kingsport, Columbia, Paris, Memphis and Knoxville. Attendees will take part in a discussion based on short readings of texts that focus on the First Amendment and the responsibilities of citizens, to be handed out at the event. The evening will include refreshments.
“We want to meet people who are regular voters, people who never vote, and those who vote occasionally,” said Tim Henderson, executive director of Humanities Tennessee. “It’s important that we be able to talk about why we vote or don’t vote, and how the news that we consume affects our voting habits.”
The conversation model for this event is part of The Conversation Project
, a program of Humanities Tennessee. Through this model, small groups of people are guided through a conversation around a central topic, allowing everyone to contribute, to feel heard, and to leave with insight into their own views and those of others.
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