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Community Conversations: How Do We Nurture Civic-Minded Citizens?

August 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

How do we instill a sense of civic responsibility and participation in our communities and citizens? According to the New Hampshire Constitution: “it shall be the duty of the legislators and magistrates, in all future periods of this government,… to countenance and inculcate the principles of humanity and general benevolence, public and private charity, industry and economy, honesty and punctuality, sincerity, sobriety, and all social affections, and generous sentiments, among the people.” How many people, even legislators and magistrates themselves, are aware of this duty? How can we ensure that people understand how our government works and the basic principles it was founded on?

At this Community Conversation we will hear from people involved in education and government to examine the ways we can bring civics back into our community life and foster a new generation of civic-minded people. Our panel includes David Alcox, coach of the championship “We The People” team at Milford High School; Dr. Kristen Nevious, Director of the Fitzwater Center for Communication at Franklin Pierce University; and L. Phillips Runyon, III, attorney and retired judge. The moderator for the conversation is Jeanne Dietsch.


David Alcox

David earned degrees in political science and teaching. In 2000 he earned the prestigious James Madison Fellowship Award. He was named the NH Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the Daughters of the American Revolution and again by the NH Council for Social Studies. In 2013 he was awarded the National Civics Teacher of the Year by the American Civic Education Teacher Awards and was named Milford, NH Citizen of the Year by the Milford Historical Society. In 2016 he received the American Lawyers Auxiliary National Teacher of the Year Award presented at the Yale Club in New York City, NY. He has presented at numerous institutes and national and state conferences on topics of civic education and citizenship. While at Milford High School he has led his “We the People” team, a civics class that competes in civic education competitions, to 15 state championships in 20 years.

Dr. Kristen Nevious

Dr. Kristen Nevious became Director of the Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication in 2004. Since becoming Director, she has estabilshed numerous programs and organizations including the Pierce Media GroupThe Fry Lectures, Franklin Pierce University Polling, The Presidency and the Press, PoliticsFitzU, and she produced a Forum on Civility in Presidential Election Discourse with the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Dr. Nevious is also a producing partner for IndieLens Pop-Up and has produced a teacher’s guide entitled Democracy.

Alongside her three degrees in journalism, her professional experience has been in public relations for non-profit organizations, and she has taught journalism, public relations, advertising, photography and more at SIU-C, Southern Missouri State University, the University of Southern Mississippi, and the University of South Dakota, where she earned tenure. 

L.Phillips Runyon III

L. Phillips (“Phil”) Runyon III has been a practicing lawyer in Peterborough for 44 years and now serves as the town’s moderator. For 27 years he was also the presiding justice of the 8th Circuit Court,which is the subject of his recent memoir Justice Approximated.



Community Conversations are free and all are welcome!

Community Conversations is a series that explores many of the issues impacting our communities. A partnership between the Monadnock Center for History and Culture and the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, each Conversation features local experts talking about challenges faced by our communities. Some issues are global in nature, but each conversation is designed to examine the topic from a local perspective. The program provides residents with the opportunity to learn more about issues impacting their communities, to engage in a civil dialog with speakers and with each other, and to come away with a sense that there are things that individuals and communities can do to foster change and improvement. 

Community Conversations begin at 7 p.m. These programs are held in Bass Hall at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St., in Peterborough.

The Monadnock Center is proud to partner with the Monadnock Ledger Transcript to present Community Conversations

The Monadnock Center is proud to partner with the Monadnock Ledger Transcript to present Community Conversations!

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August 21
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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