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Center for Civic Engagement

Public Square Program

Students in discussion at a Public Square event.

The Public Square project is a public discussion initiative aimed to:

  1. Involve the campus and extended community in civil discussion of critical issues,
  2. Consider issues on local, regional, national and global levels, and
  3. Reclaim the tradition and art of public discourse.

Students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome to attend and participate in all Public Square events. The CCE also welcomes new topics and ideas, so if you have a forum topic, email us! Visit the WSU Library Guide on the Public Square Initiative for more information.

What is a Public Square?

A public square is an open discussion where citizens, experts, and leaders come together to share their thoughts and opinions on a topic. At WSU, the CCE's Public Square program aims to connect WSU students, employees and community members through discussion on important issues that impact us all. All Public Square events are free, open to everyone, and everyone is welcome to share their thoughts on the discussion topic in a respectful way.

Spring 2018 Events

"A New Era of Social Activism" | Tuesday, January 16th, 3:00-4:00 PM | Butch's Den (CUB L60)

Social activism, an important and essential aspect of democracy, has always been a part of the history of the United States of America. Join us at the CCE Public Square to learn from a diverse panel of faculty and students about their personal experiences with activism and how it may (or may not) be changing through the generations.

Fall 2017 Events

"Poverty: A Day in the Life" | Wednesday, November 15, 12:00-1:00 PM | Butch's Den (CUB L60)

In America, nearly 60% of people will live in poverty at some point in their lives. With support available through non-profit organizations and government agencies, why is poverty such an extensive issue? Join us at the CCE Public Square for an eye-opening interactive experience and discussion around the challenges of poverty.

"What is the Value of Free Speech?" A Public Square Panel | Thursday, October 26, 2:00-3:00 PM | Butch's Den (CUB L60)

Recently in America, free speech has come to the forefront with protests, rallies, and the media. Why is free speech such a divisive, but necessary component of our democracy? What does “free speech” really mean? Join us at the CCE Public Square to learn from a diverse panel about the value of free speech and how it influences the WSU community and the society as a whole. 

Live Streaming for Global Campus Students

Public Square discussions are live streamed and recorded on the CCE YouTube channel. You do not need a YouTube account to watch a live streamed video, but you do need an account to participate in the discussion. The recorded video will be available on the CCE channel immediately after the event concludes for those who were not able to view the live stream.

To participate in the discussion, Global Campus students should use the YouTube chat feature included in the live stream. Students need a YouTube account to participate in these discussions. Your first step for creating a YouTube account is to create a Google account. You may already have a Google account if you use Gmail, Blogger, or a number of other products.

Once you have a Google Account, you will next need to create a YouTube channel so you can comment on the live stream. If you already have a YouTube channel, you can use it to chat in the live stream, or you can create a second channel and keep your original channel private.