NARA's Presidential Libraries to Host National Issues Forums
Press Release · Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014

Press Release
June 30, 2008

NARA’s Presidential Libraries to Host National Issues Forums

Between Labor Day and Election Day This Fall

Contact Information

  • National Archives Public Affairs StaffNational Archives Public Affairs Staff 202-357-5300
  • NIFI ContactNIFI, Bob Daley 937-434-7300

Washington, DC…In collaboration with the National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI), the twelve Presidential Libraries of the National Archives and Records Administration will host a series of discussions on public policy issues between Labor Day and Election Day this fall. All forums will be open to the public.

Each Presidential Library will host a series of at least three forums focusing on health care and other topics including immigration, Federal debt, education, and energy. The forums will reflect the interests of the community that supports the Libraries. In some communities, other locations such as local community centers, public libraries, and university campuses will also host these forums.

"Hosting National Issues Forums at the Presidential Libraries,” commented Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein, “is consistent with the National Archives’ emphasis on civic education. Presidential Libraries are public places and it is appropriate for citizens to engage in intense discussions of major public policy issues in the midst of a presidential campaign. However, the goal should be hosting discussions which are balanced, civil in tone and fair-minded."

"Participants in a forum," NIFI chairman William Winter, said, "deliberate with one another -eye-to-eye, face to-face, exploring options, weighing others' views, considering the costs and consequences of public policy decisions