Like a book club, but less of a commitment.
Read and discuss thought-provoking articles with local electeds.
Discussions take place in the fireplace area of the library. Please arrive by 6:05 p.m., as these programs are after-hours, and the front door must be staffed for you to enter.
Teton County Commissioner Luther Propst
WED, OCT 13
Topic: the Red Desert to Hoback mule deer migration assessment
Click here to read the assessment.
Join Commissioner Propst, who recently served as the county representative on a working group appointed by Governor Gordon to make recommendations for protecting and restoring the migration corridor, which mostly traverses Sublette County. He will discuss both the corridor and political efforts to protect it with a panel including Max Ludington, JH Land Trust and Renee Seidler, JH Wildlife Foundation, and Aly Courtemanch, Wildlife Biologist, Wyoming Game & Fish Department.
State Representative Andy Schwartz
THUR, OCT 14
Topic: Cancel Culture
Click here to read the article The Threat from the Illiberal Left (The Economist, 9/18/21)
Click here to read the article Middle-Aged Panic About Cancel Culture (The New York Times, 9/21/21)
Click here to read the article The New Puritans (The Atlantic, October 2021)
Join State Representative Schwartz, who chose this topic as a result of years of interesting conversations with his grown children and their contemporaries about cancel culture and similar topics. The generational differences in perspectives has intrigued him and seems worthy of a rousing discussion.
State Representative Mike Yin & Commissioner Natalia Macker
WED, OCT 20
Topic: Wealth Inequality
Click here to read the article Is Economic Inequality Really a Problem? (The New York Times 7/1/20)
Click here to read & listen to the article What to Do About Inequality (NPR 1/8/18)
Click here to read the article Ski Towns Stop Catering to the Ultrarich (Outside Magazine 9/22/21)
Click here to read & listen to the article Socialism 101 (NPR 3/26/21)
Is inequality a problem, and if so, what should we do about it? Let’s investigate what are the problems that arise and two extremely different ideas on how to lift up the working class as well as a recent article on how inequality may affect mountain communities like ours.
Town Councilor Arne Jorgensen
THUR, OCT 21
Click here to read the article Is This the World's Best City to Grow Old in? (Yes! 7/1/21)
Councilor Jorgensen choose this article for two reasons: How we accommodate community members and visitors as they age is a question that does not receive much discussion or attention and secondly, the example is of a limited public investment in an issue that as resulted in significant action - is this applicable on questions of aging as well as other local community issues?
Teton County Commissioner Mark Newcomb
WED, NOV 3
Topic: vaccine mandates
Click here to read the article Needling (The Economist, 9/18/21).
Commissioner Newcomb chose this article because covid-related health mandates are divisive, and an open discussion may give participants more common ground.
Town Councilor Jessica Sell Chambers
THUR, NOV 4
Topic: Why is it hard to build infrastructure in the US?
Click here to listen to the podcast How Blue Cities Became Outrageously Unaffordable (The New York Times 7/23/21)
Councilor Chambers chose this podcast to discuss with the community because it raises fundamental questions about who has access to government and how that plays out in "blue" cities like Jackson with serious issues of affordability.
Town Councilor Jonathan Schechter
WED, NOV 10
Topic: Nonprofit boards and finance
Click here to read the article The Wall Street Takeover of Nonprofit Boards (Stanford Social Innovation Review, Summer 2015).
I chose this piece because non-profits play an absolutely vital role in our community - they deal with the issues and opportunities business can't make money from, and which government chooses not to address. Yet when it comes to governing non-profits, we don't always appreciate that, by design, non-profits are fundamentally different beasts than either business or government. This article highlights the sorts of problems created for non-profits when boards don't recognize this foundational distinction.