The September Project

I’ve been meaning to mention The September Project for several days now ever since learning about it on Michael Bérubé’s blog earlier this week. As Michael points out, The September Project is a great idea:

Free, public discussions about democracy, all to be held in the nation’s public libraries on September 11 (which, this year, falls on a Saturday).

You can find out more information about this project in this Seattle Times article. The questions about citizenship and patriotism raised by The Septmber Project are important, especially in the midst of a war on terrorism and in an election year. According to the Times article, the goals of TSP are to address three big questions: “What do you like about America? What do you think needs to be fixed? What are you going to do about it?”

So far, according to the list of participating venues, there are no libraries in the entire state of Georgia listed as participating in this important event. I’d like to see that change. If anyone would be interested in helping to organize a TSP event here in Atlanta (or if anyone knows of any libraries in the Atlanta area that are participating in TSP), let me know by leaving a comment or by sending me an email at charles[dot]tryon[at]lcc[dot]gatech[dot]edu. I’ll update this entry when I have more information.

Update 7/28: George offers a link to a Chronicle interview with David Silver and Sarah Washburn about the September Project. One point I failed to emphasize before: David and Sarah are encouraging participants to set up voter registration booths. I know that some of my Atlanta readers are voter registration deputies, so if you can attend and bring some registration forms, that would be terrific.

Update 8/3: There are now two September Project events scheduled in Georgia, one at the Dekalb County Library and another at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville. David and I are currently working on setting up an event here in Atlanta. More information coming soon.

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