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Common Ground Initiative: Senator Roy Blunt on Civil Discourse

May 2, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

The Common Ground Initiative is The Westport Library’s new forum for public discourse on topical issues of importance to the community.

In case you missed the event, you may watch the recorded program here.

The aim of the initiative is to host a positive, productive conversation on how we: work together to move forward as a civil society; encourage respectful, constructive dialogue; and build capacity to tackle challenging and/or controversial issues. The program planning for the initiative is led by The Westport Library in conjunction with community leaders representing a wide array of constituents and ideological standpoints.

On Tuesday, May 2, the Library will be launching this new series by welcoming Roy Blunt, who served as a United States senator from Missouri from 2011 to 2023. In a public service career that has spanned nearly five decades, Mr. Blunt earned the respect of his peers and colleagues for his willingness to find common ground, make the legislative branch of the federal government work, and for achieving principled, bipartisan compromise.

He was elected to U.S. House of Representatives in 1993 and served six consecutive terms before being elected to the United States Senate in 2010. His leadership roles in the Senate included vice chair of the Republican Conference (2012-18); chair of the Committee on Rules and Administration (2017-19); and chair of the Republican Policy Committee (2019-23).

Before serving in Congress, Mr. Blunt was a history teacher and a county official, and in 1984 he became the first Republican in more than 50 years to be elected as Missouri’s secretary of state. The senator also served four years as the president of his alma mater, Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri.

Moderating the May 2 conversation is Steve Parrish. Mr. Parrish is the founder of Steve Parrish Consulting Group, LLC, which specializes in crisis management, corporate social responsibility, public affairs, and communications for senior executives of corporations, law firms, and nonprofit organizations. Previously, Mr. Parrish was Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, of Altria Group, Inc., and served as Secretary of the Public Affairs and Social Responsibility Committee of the board of directors of Altria Group, Inc.

Mr. Parrish is a member of the board of trustees of Carleton College and the board of directors of Orchestra Lumos (formerly the Stamford [CT] Symphony Orchestra). He also is board member emeritus and past board chair of Safe Horizon, an internationally recognized leader in the field of victim assistance. His past board service includes the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation.

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May 2, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
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