The Town Hall Meeting provides students a public arena for discussing current policy issues with other students, faculty, administrators, and community members. This event is inspired by the Public Sphere Pedagogy. Through a series of moderated conversations, which include voices of community-based subject matter experts, students are able to deepen their understanding of certain topics, appreciate how those topics manifest in the public arena, dialogue about potential solutions to community issues, and find more relevance in their learning. Public Sphere Pedagogy is an approach to teaching that moves student research and creative ideas outside of the classroom by embedding a ‘public sphere’ in academic courses, usually during the first year of college. (Chico State)
On November 15, 2017, the Town Hall Meeting was framed around global issues that are of particular concern to our regional community.