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Inside Iowa State
June 27, 1997

What is a study circle

The study circle is a simple process for small group deliberation. It consists of 10 to 15 people who meet regularly to address a critical public issue. A facilitator keeps discussion focused, helps the group consider various views and asks questions.

A study circle progresses from a session on personal experience (how does the issue affect me?) to sessions providing a broader perspective (what are others saying about the issue?) to a session on action (what can we do about the issue here?).

Study circles have been offered in several Iowa communities, including Dubuque, Muscatine, Sioux City and Des Moines. Leaders are trained by the Iowa Civil Rights Commission.

For more information, contact coordinator Sheila Lundt, 239- 5101, or Joyce Samuels, 4-9993.

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