The Future is Now: Citizens and Community in the Digital Age set for Tuesday, April 2

Presented by the Tom McCall Center for Policy Innovation and Friends of the Forest Grove Library. Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown among the panelists. Local students to be honored as well.

Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown will be among the panelists taking part in a Forest Grove Community Conversations event at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 2 in the city's Community Auditorium (1915 Main Street).

“The Future is Now: Citizens and Community in the Digital Age” will explore the impact technology has had on individuals' lives, public policy and civic engagement.

Admission is free and the public is encouraged to come and participate.

The panelists and community discussion will focus on the digital future of civic institutions (libraries, schools, etc.), social interaction (how Facebook is changing our lives) and citizenship (from activism to the digital divide between those with and without access).

Brown will be joined on the panel by Nigel Jaquiss, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for Willamette Week, and Mark Bailey, professor of education at Pacific University.

Prior to the panel discussion, the results of a student essay competition will be announced, with the winners of three different age divisions presenting their works.

For the first time, video or other digital work are among the entries. Winners in each age group will receive a $100 prize, while runners-up will receive $50. Those receiving honorable mention for their works will be awarded $25.

The Future is Now is co-sponsored by Pacific University’s Tom McCall Center for Policy Innovation and the Friends of the Forest Grove Library.

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Posted by Joe Lang ( on Mar 14, 2013 at 10:31 AM

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