Question about higher education system to be answered at Stillwater Public Library Feb. 20

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Twitter status: Question about current #HigherEducation system to be answered at @StillwaterOKlib Feb. 20

DF higher ed feb(STILLWATER, OKLA. / Jan. 24, 2013) —Stillwater Speaks will hold a public forum about higher education Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the Stillwater Public Library.  The forum, which begins at 6 p.m., will address whether current higher education systems meet the needs of communities.

“In our forums, education is usually the most frequently suggested method of solving the issues we discuss,” said Kimberly Williams, Stillwater Speaks member. “But, we don’t always question whether our learning institutions can provide the education we need to solve these community challenges.  This forum will explore how higher education should work to best equip and serve our citizens.”

Stillwater Speaks forums lead participants through possible approaches to solving a community issue.  The group works together to consider advantages and disadvantages of each approach, then a moderator helps group members find areas in which they agree. 

“This type of forum allows citizens to learn about and consider viewpoints that are completely different from their own,” said Williams.  “But instead of trying to change each others’ opinions, we use the process to try to find the areas in which actually agree.”

The program is free and open to adults and youths 14 and older.  Registration is required. To register for the forum, contact the library at (405) 372-3633 or e-mail

Stillwater Speaks is a local partnership of Stillwater Public Library, Stillwater Public Schools, OSU’s Edmon Low Library, and Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. Its sole goal is to promote civic participation and to promote the use of “deliberative forums” as a way to civilly discuss community issues. 

For more information, visit the library’s website at or visit Stillwater Speaks website at

The Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck St. (the corner of Duck and 12th Avenue).  Library events are co-sponsored by Friends of the Library and KOSU.