Past Event

Cultural Sustainability and the Pursuit of Community

The Country and the City: Common Ground in the Prairie State? logoHow can rural and urban communities maintain their cultural vitality and their sense of place in the face of economic, technological, and social changes?

How can they sustain their defining cultural features while also being culturally inclusive?

Is it possible to achieve a mutually beneficial relationship between cultural conservation and economic development, or are those two pursuits intrinsically opposed?

Join Illinois Humanities as we consider these questions during the first event of The Country and the City program series. The discussion will draw upon six panelists’ experiences (three representing rural communities and three representing urban communities), as well as brief excerpts from Chapter 1 of Dispatches from the Muckdog Gazette: A Mostly Affectionate Account of a Small Town’s Fight to Survive by Bill Kauffman (Henry Holt, 2003).

Doors open at 5:30PM. Refreshments will be served.

This event is part of “The Country and the City program: Common Ground in the Prairie State?,” a year-long, statewide initiative will feature text-based discussions of issues that affect both rural and urban Illinois communities, involving panelists who are well-versed in those issues from both perspectives.

For more information, please contact Matt Meacham at or (618) 468-5580.