The non-profit group serving as the Illinois affiliate to the National Endowment for the Humanities is holding a series of meetings statewide in an attempt to find common ground between urban and rural parts of the state.
Illinois Humanities manager of statewide engagement, Matt Meacham (MEECH-um), says its public forum next Tuesday will examine law enforcement and community relations in Rockford;
For every forum in a city, Illinois Humanities plans to hold one in a rural community. The group will hold a session on the social and economic impacts of incarceration next month in Thomson, home of a state-turned federal, maximum security prison in northwest Illinois;
While based in Chicago, Illinois Humanities also has offices in downstate Edwardsville. It plans additional city-country forums through 20-19.