A new Community Conversation, featuring researcher Katherine Loflin, has been scheduled for this Thursday at the Ferdinand Community Center.

This follows a three-part series of Community Conversations last fall. Those sessions each focused on a different aspect of the theme “The Importance of Place.”

The topic of this community conversation will be “Soul of the Community: Factors that Attach Residents to Their Communities”, which is in response to a study done by Loflin for the Knight Foundation on what attaches people to their community.

Vincennes University Jasper Campus Dean Dr. Alan Johnson says the idea for this event was born out of last year’s series of conversations where the effect of the Super Bowl in Indianapolis was examined:

Johnson says the significance of this study lies in getting people involved in moving their communities forward in the future:

Reservations for the event, which runs from 8 am to 1 pm range from $10 for the 8:30 to 11 am seminar to $25 for the seminar, luncheon and keynote speech by Loflin. Reservations can be made by contacting the Jasper Chamber of Commerce at chamber@jasperin.org or 482-6866.

Another conversation is being planned for November.