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Introducing Our Common Purpose

Arkansas’s capital city will be the nation’s municipal “champion” as part of a nationwide effort – led by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences – to increase civic learning and engagement across America. The Academy launched a bipartisan Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship to study political and civic life around the country. The commission’s final report, Our Common Purpose: Reinventing American Democracy for the 21st Century, includes 31 interconnected recommendations to help the nation emerge as a more resilient democracy by 2026. Little Rock was chosen by the Academy to serve as a model for the application of the study at the local level.


David Oxtoby, American Academy of Arts and Sciences President
Stephen Heintz, President and CEO of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Martha McCoy, Executive Director of Everyday Democracy
Prof. David Campbell, University of Notre Dame
Antwan Phillips, At-Large Little Rock City Director
Heather Larkin, Arkansas Community Foundation


Nate Coulter, Executive Director, Central Arkansas Library System

About the Our Common Purpose Series

Central Arkansas Library System will host a four-part series of virtual conversations in conjunction with the City of Little Rock and the Mayor’s Office. This first session will serve as an introduction to the study and will address how Little Rock will bring the spirit of Our Common Purpose to life. The goal is to create best practices that other communities can easily replicate so they can also undertake this important work. Registration is required.

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Date and Time

April 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm