Huron Public Library is proud to present a monthly meeting of the grass roots community discussion movement, Socrates Café. The group is moderated by Lorain County Community College instructor Jarret Pervola, who brought the concept to the Library in 2011. The program is now entering its seventh successful year.
While dates are determined in advance on a season-by-season basis, discussion topics are not. Socrates Café, in the spirit of its great philosophical namesake, is concerned with allowing the participants of the regular discussions to determine the ongoing course of their conversations. Each month's topic flows out of the preceding meeting's conversation and hence the interests and concerns of those participating.
September's discussion topic:
How can we keep our lake healthy?
Socrates Cafe got its start when free lance writer Christopher Phillips began organizing open coffee house discussions in the late 1990's. Here is a collection of links to articles that provide more background on the movement of community discussions that has grown to over 600 strong across the United States.
Listen to a 2004 interview with Socrates Cafe founder Christopher Phillips.
Watch a somewhat noisey, but helpful video interview with Phillips. Click on the lower right corner of the video for full-screen mode.