New York Council for the Humanities offers free discussion groups around the state for both adults and children.
Community Conversations brings together members of a group, organization or neighborhood to join in a facilitated discussion of a short reading. Throughout the year, the Council provides materials for community groups to
discuss current events together.
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The Conversations Bureau promotes thoughtful, engaged community dialogue, using a short text and a scholar-facilitator as a guide. Conversations are 90-minute discussions on a range of humanities topics related to American identity.
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Reading & Discussion Programs for Adults
In each of the Council’s reading and discussion programs, participants read a series of thematically linked texts over the course of four, five, or six sessions. At each session, they come together with others in their community to discuss a text in conversation facilitated by a trained local scholar.
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Together—Book Talk for Kids and Parents brings
together parents and their 9- to 11-year old children in a library setting
to explore and debate important issues about American identity and life,
using the shared context of books.
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