How do we set limits on the free exercise of religion? Is education helped or hindered by politics? These big questions can be difficult to discuss, but discussion is the goal of FRANK Talks. FRANK Talks is a free program series focusing on issues of local and national importance, intended to inspire people to practice the skills of citizenship - to listen respectfully and engage thoughtfully with one another on important issues that affect our communities.
Join us for these two upcoming FRANK talks:
Religious Liberty in America: How do we set limits on free exercise?
Sunset Library, 7/22, 10:30 a.m.
The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution dictates that Congress “shall make no law … prohibiting the free exercise” of religion. In Arizona, we’ve been confronted with this question in recent years because of public debates over women’s reproductive rights and proposals to protect people from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. But what happens when a religious belief compels the believer to commit acts of violence or deny a certain group of people business services? Join Steven Kilar from the ACLU for a FRANK Talk about the law and religious practice.
Local Democracy and Politics in Education: Does it help or hinder student achievement?
Basha Library, 7/26, 6 p.m.
Do school boards foster student success? On one hand, school board members might not have the necessary experience to provide effective school district leadership. On the other hand, as elected or appointed officials, school boards represent local communities and are one of the closest democratic links to education. Join Carrie Sampson from the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University to explore the role of local communities and democracy in education.