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National Issues Forums

Join the National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI) to learn how academic libraries can convene deliberative forums on important issues, thereby solidifying their role as a campus center for interdisciplinary and intellectual development while exploring pathways to civic engagement.


National Issues Forums logoIn this 90-minute webinar — the third in a three-part series exploring dialogue and deliberation approaches for academic libraries — participants will learn:

  • Why academic libraries should hold deliberative forums.
  • How academic libraries can use the NIFI method to bring students together to deliberate, review options and make choices about how to approach difficult issues and work toward creating reasoned public judgment.
  • How library professionals can utilize this model for educational offerings, as well as to aid the campus in decision-making. 
  • Best practices for coordinating and facilitating in-person and online dialogues.

The National Issues Forums Institute, in partnership with the Kettering Foundation, has provided materials and a process for students to enhance their critical thinking skills, communication abilities, and aptitude for and willingness to work together and has provided these resources to educators at both the K-12 and higher education levels for over 35 years.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
2:00pm - 3:30pm
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