“In the background of the American story behind the presidents and wars, recessions and boom times, scientific breakthroughs and social movements—are clubs.” —from the film “Join or Die” “

The accelerating political division in America has many of us seeing the world in “us vs. them” terms — and it’s left most of us exhausted. But as the political chattering class awaits the next political smackdown from one side or the other, there’s another America fighting to rise—the ones in hometowns like this one, between neighbors who can see and know each other, who want to heal. We see what healing looks like every day here in Tallahassee—and we think it’s a model for the rest of America. So this year at The Square we’re going to double down. It’s going to be a year all about joining.

We kicked off this “Join or Die” season with a screening of the film “Join or Die” at The Challenger Center IMAX theatre. The film is about the power of joining — in our lives, for our health and even for the future of our country. We chose to launch the film in observance of the 60th anniversary of Dr. King’s March on Washington, because we think that’s all about joining too.

On Thursday, October 5th at 7 pm the living legend Dr. Robert D. Putnam will join us digitally (he’s the guy the movie’s all about). If you didn’t have an opportunity to join us at The Challenger Center, fear not. Register to attend this event and you’ll get a screening link for the film to watch it at home. (You’re going to be very glad you did.)

On Tuesday, October 17th at 7 pm, the author of Collective Illusions, Todd Rose, will join us for Dinner at the Square. It’s all about how we humans have way more in common than we think and we really ought to hang out more.

And on Tuesday, March 5th at 7pm, we’ll be joined at our spring Dinner at the Square by Seth Kaplan of Johns Hopkins University to discuss “Fragile Neighborhoods: Repairing American Society One Zip Code at a Time.”

And ALL YEAR LONG we’ll be forming groups about all sorts of things.

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Arun Dhanarajan | CFO
Second Harvest of the Big Bend
John Dailey | Mayor
City of Tallahassee
Dr. Marcus Nicolas | School Board Member
Leon County Schools
Dr. Andrea Oliver
History Professor
Tallahassee Community College
Dianne Williams-Cox | Commissioner
City of Tallahassee
Valerie Scoon
Emmy Award Winning Film Producer
Curtis Richardson | Commissioner
City of Tallahassee
Tom Flanigan | Program Director for News
WFSU Public Media
Delaitre Jordan Hollinger
Founder & Co-Executive Director
Florida Civil Rights Museum
Kate Kile | Director of Strategy and Operations
The Village Square (Contact here)
Jack Porter | Commissioner
City of Tallahassee
Lea Marshall
Leon High Theatre Teacher
Carolyn Cummings | Commissioner
Leon County
Rick Minor | Commissioner
Leon County
Brian Welch | Commissioner
Leon County
Nick Maddox | Commissioner
Leon County
David O'Keefe | Commissioner
Leon County
Cecka Rose Green, Executive Director
Children’s Services Council
Chief Lawrence Revell
Tallahassee Police Department
Rocky Hanna
Leon County Schools
Mark Earley
Leon County Supervisor of Elections
Katrina Rolle
President & CEO
Community Foundation of North Florida
Keith Bowers
Office of Economic Vitality
Stephanie Shumate | Director
Commission on the Status
of Women and Girls
Kathleen Spehar, Executive Director
Council on Culture & Arts
Tom Flanigan | Program Director for News
WFSU Public Media
Dr. Jeremiah Murphy, President
Connection First
Jim Rosica | News Director
Tallahassee Democrat

Upcoming Event | May 7, 2024

Join us as embark on a journey to honor and celebrate the rich tapestry of Black and Brown history that has woven its way through the heart of Leon County.


Past Event | May 2, 2024

Resetting the American Table:
Wisdom from Conflict

With wisdom and expertise gained in the generational trauma of the the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Resetting the Table has turned their attention to healing across America's deepening divide.


Past event | April 18, 2024

God Squad: Seeking High Ground in The School Wars

Here's a vast understatement of the situation: The culture wars have Officially Hit Our Schools. When you clear away the noise, at the core of the struggle is this: what should our schools teach our children—and who decides?


Past Event | April 3, 2024

Speed Date Your Local Leaders

Invented by a Jewish rabbi, now there's Christian speed dating, graduate student speed dating, even speed dating for pet adoption and – for the truly noncommittal – online speed dating.


Past Event | March 26, 2024

Alexandra Hudson:
The Soul of Civility

In an era of fraught political tension, civility—a respect for the dignity of others—is the key to bridging the divide.


past event | March 20, 2024

Tallahassee Town Hall:
American democracy in action

Our annual town hall pairs commissioners from the City of Tallahassee and Leon County to have a constructive (and neighborly) discussion about where we are, where we're going and what the challenges ahead might be.


Past event | March 5, 2024

Seth Kaplan: Fragile Neighborhoods

Join us as we welcome Seth Kaplan, author of "Fragile Neighborhoods: Repairing American Society One Zip Code at a Time" for an urgent exploration of why American society is in trouble, and how to fix it, starting with the places we call home.


PAST EVENT | February 23, 2024

God Squad:
Everyone is Canceled.

Our culture wars have blinded us to the deepest underpinnings of pluralism, where legitimately held beliefs are respected, even when they clash with our own. So how’s a person to live free in a culture that's struggling?


Past Event | February 13, 2024

Jonathan Haidt's "After Babel:"
The Fragmentation of Everything

[Babel] "is about the shattering of all that had seemed solid, the scattering of people who had been a community...not only between red and blue, but within the left and within the right, as well as within universities, companies...and even families."


Past event | January 26, 2024

JOIN OR DIE: A film about why the fate of America depends on you joining a club.

In the background of the American story — behind the presidents, the wars, the scientific breakthroughs and social movements — are clubs. But what happens when a country full of joiners just stops joining?


Past Event | November 14, 2023

The Roots of Belonging
+ The Risks of Othering

Over Zero's Founder Rachel Brown offers her experience preventing violence in global hotspots to the challenge of rising identity-based hatred—and our crisis of belonging—in the United States.


Past Event | October 27, 2023

God Squad: Shut up
and (Don’t) Sing?

With our culture wars at a full rolling boil, apparently all it takes to send our enmity over the edge is…a good old-fashioned country song?? We'll be talking Jason Aldean, Oliver Anthony. And we'll throw in some Dolly Parton for good measure.


Past Event | October 17, 2023

Dr. Todd Rose:
Collective Illusions

Our current divisions—one American from another—are deep and wide. But what if we are profoundly, completely and tragically wrong about each other? What if it's our own mistaken assumptions about the true beliefs of people on our "side" that is driving the escalating tensions? We'd best figure that out. Fast.

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Upcoming Event | October 5, 2023

The Village Square is delighted to bring you a packed schedule of programs throughout the year. Scroll down to find your favorites, click on the links to learn more, and register today.

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Past Event | April 19, 2016

Free Speech in the Age of
Political Correctness and Bad Manners

As bad manners and ill-tempers replace conversations of substance, sometimes free speech seems to have simply gone to seed. Meanwhile, we seem to be in a societal-wide spitting match about just who is the most tediously offended.


Past Event | February 16, 2016

Created Equal
and Breathing Free

In "Created Equal + Breathing Free," we'll examine the straining of the central - and sometimes competing - principles of equality and freedom. Does your freedom threaten my equality? And does my equality limit your freedom?


Past Event | September 15, 2015

Humanities Scholar Clay Jenkinson:
The Thomas Jefferson Hour

In a live audience taping of The Thomas Jefferson Hour, we looked through the eyes of the author of the Declaration of Independence and marked our progress toward a more perfect union.


May 2, 2024 | Via Zoom and Facebook Live | 7:00 pm
April 3, 2024 | Goodwood Carriage House | 6:00 pm
February 23, 2024 | First Baptist Church | 12:00 pm
February 13, 2024 | Via Zoom and Facebook Live | 7:00 pm
November 14, 2023 | Via Zoom and Facebook Live | 7:00 pm
October 27, 2023 | Temple Israel | 12:00 pm
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