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Kansas Humanities Council Announces New Partnership with the Eisenhower Presidential Library and the Kansas Town Hall Program

June 28, 2012 | By Kansas Humanities Council

Inspired by President Dwight D. Eisenhower's interest in the promotion of the ideals of our nation, the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum's Kansas Town Hall program is dedicated to finding ways to encourage citizens to engage in and learn more about issues facing Americans today. "Citizenship," Eisenhower said in a speech on September 30, 1956, "is not a mere matter of expressing our pride in our traditions... citizenship is the carrying forward of the ideals on which nations based on freedom are maintained and sustained."

"The Kansas Town Hall discussions enhance civic literacy. People need the opportunity to come together to reason and talk," explained Karl Weissenbach, director of the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. "A partnership with the Kansas Humanities Council will help us consider new directions and topics."

"Together, we will provide an opportunity for more Kansans to engage with the life of our state and highlight the intersection between humanities and public policy," added Julie Mulvihill, executive director of the Kansas Humanities Council.

KHC joins an impressive list of Kansas Town Hall partners including K-State's Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy, Eagle Communications, KAKE-TV Wichita, the Salina Journal, and the Salina Media Group.

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