Forum on Civility Sunday
Written by Andrew-Rossi on September 21, 2017
A panel of high profile community, state and national leaders will lead a forum that encourages civil discourse on Sunday at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.
The nonprofit group Wyoming Rising Northwest is hosting the forum that will feature a panel discussion by four retired elected leaders – US Senator Al Simpson, Governor Mike Sullivan, Mayor Nancy Tia Brown and School Board Chair Dossie Overfield. The moderator for the forum will be retired District Court Judge Steven Cranfill.
Harriet Bloom-Wilson, Chief Executive Officer of Wyoming Rising Northwest, also organized the Women’s March following the inauguration of Donald Trump in January. She says that the members of panel are positive examples of how civil conversations with opposing viewpoints can take place.
Shirley Stephens, one of the organizers of the event, says that the forum is open to the entire Big Horn Basin, with the goal of showing that dialogue between opposing viewpoints does not have to be hostile.
She says the idea for this event came out of her own experiences in a workshop last year, in which she experienced an awakening that came from truly understanding another person’s point of view.
Wilson adds that their hope is that the outcome will be a commitment to working together and communicating better as a community and a nation.
The event will be held in the Coe Auditorium at the Center of the West this Sunday, September 24th, at 3 p.m.