Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Beyond Factory Farms: A Panel Discussion

The Metro Library Network and Linn Area Reads committee invite you to join us this Saturday at 2:00 pm at the Marion Public Library for "Beyond Factory Farms: A Panel Discussion." The panel discussion is a part of the Linn Area Reads programming surrounding this years book selection: "Righteous Porkchop" by Nicolette Hahn Niman.

We will hear from three panelists with a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. The discussion will be led by Gazette Editor Lyle Muller. This is his third year moderating a panel for Linn Area Reads and he is always a wonderful leader.

The panelists are volunteering their time for this discussion because they feel it's important to talk about the themes in this book . We have asked them to participate because we value their insight and experience and look forward to hearing from them. 

The object of this panel is not to debate the subject at hand, nor is it to provide anyone an opportunity to heckle or be confrontational of anyone else. We hope to have a wide variety of perspectives and opinions within the audience and to facilitate a fair discussion of the topic. This is an educational opportunity and should be seen as such. We in no way want to create an environment where a person is attacked for their perspective.

I think it's very important to mention this before our event on Saturday. As we have seen throughout the past several weeks, this book is a good instigator for some very emotional discussions. That's one of the reasons the committee selected it. I just ask that people remember to be respectful of each other during this event.

Hope to see many of you there!

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