The middle ground, where has it gone? Pouring Over Books Panel Discussion

Sunday, February 11, 2018 3:00 - 5:30 pm


In this day of fractious, polarized segments of society, be it related to politics, religion, health, gender identity, ethnicity, immigration, education, taxation or numerous other topics, the panel will explore the seeming disappearance of civil discourse and rational discussion, heretofore anchored by “those in the middle,” who have historically shown a propensity for listening to all sides and engaging in the search for middle ground solutions to society’s most vexing problems.  The panel will opine as to how, why and where the “middle ground” has gone and in turn, the possible pathways for a return to what was once considered a hallmark of our democratic way of life, the ability to see the other person’s point of view and achieve common ground allowing the forward movement of society for the greater good.


Olga Campos Benz – Former news anchor at KVUE news

Nathan Brown – Former Poet Laureate of Oklahoma

Kevin O. Cokley, Ph.D. – Dr. Cokley is at the University of Texas

Emily J. Hooks – Founder of Forgiveness Academy and author of “The Power of Forgiveness.”

John Pacheco, Moderator

Location: Prospect House, 12745 Silver Creek Road, Dripping Springs, TX 78620