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Broward College Announces Schedule for 2018-2019 Village Square Series

Dinner at the Square events to provide a forum for civic engagement on topics ranging from penny sales tax to open/closed borders and climate change.


Fort Lauderdale, FL (October 5, 2018) –On September 20, 2018, Broward College hosted a kick-off event and recruitment event at Township in Fort Lauderdale, to announce the line-up for its Village Square open forum debate series, scheduled to begin on October 10, 2018, and run through May 2019.

During the kick-off event, guests mixed and mingled with community leaders and local notables.  The Village Square Advisory Board members Barbara Burnette and Burnadette Norris-Weeks discussed the 2018-2019 topics which include: A Penny for Transportation? (October 10), A National Identity Crisis? The Open vs. Closed Border Debate (February 20), Climate Change and Sea Level Rise in Fort Lauderdale (May 1). Register here.

These non-partisan discussions feature community leaders and experts who communicate their views on prominent issues facing South Florida. The goal of the Village Square debate series is to provide a safe, comfortable forum to better educate the public on diverse issues of local, state and national importance. The Broward College Village Square/Dinner at the Square is presented by the Community Foundation of Broward. 

"Broward College is committed to providing a platform for civil, respectful, and informative discussions on issues facing our community," said Broward College President Gregory Haile. "We look forward to the spirited discussions this year's schedule will produce and to the recommendations and actions that could result."

Dinner at the Square

Each Dinner at the Square focuses on a primary issue facing the community. Guests are provided dinner as they listen to the panel of community representatives and topic experts present varying viewpoints. Tickets range from $35-$45 and include dinner for pre-registered guests. Each dinner is hosted at Funky Buddha Brewery located at 1201 NE 38th Street in Oakland Park.

Become a Village Square Member

Membership dues are $68, a symbolic number meant to reflect the 68 percent of a population that is within one standard deviation of the mean… 68% solutions are more durable solutions that transcend ideology, discourage political gutter ball, outlast the next election cycle and create a strong foundation on which to build lasting results. Membership benefits include an invitation for you and a guest to all pre-dinner speaker receptions hosted by The Village Square Advisory Board. Memberships do not include the ticket price for Dinner at the Square.

To attend the first Dinner at the Square event, please register. For more information on membership, please visit

This is the fifth year Broward College has partnered with The Village Square, a non-partisan public educational forum, to provide Broward County with a safe environment for civic engagement. The Village Square was founded in 2006 by Allan Katz, former-Tallahassee city commissioner, and his friend Bill Law, president of Tallahassee Community College. All events are planned by the advisory board members, a group of community leaders, including city and county commissioners, educators, business owners, and religion and non-profit leaders from across Broward County, representing all political affiliations.


PHOTO ID's (Photos courtesy of Downtown Photo)

High res photos can be downloaded here:

p1. Greg Haile and Barbara Burnette

p2. Adriana Ficano and Kellly Alvarez Vitale

p3. Kareen Boutros, Dr. David Shulman, Burnadette Norris-Weeks

p4. Adriana Ficano, Suzette Bravo, Barbara Burnette

p5. Barbara Burnette, Dr. Carolyn Stewart, Suzette Bravo, Gaynel Smith

p6. Burnadette Norris-Weeks and Cori Meltzer

p7. Chae Haile, Burnadette Norris-Weeks, Jeff Hirsch, Lynn Solomon

p8. Isabel Gonzalez, Dr. David Shulman

p9. Lacey Hofmeyer, Karen Parker, Isabel Gonzalez

p10. Stan Eichelbaum, Greg Haile and Jeff Hirsch

p11.Chae Haile and Kip Hunter

p12. Idelma Quintana, Lynn Solomon



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