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May 20, 2023
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The Silco Theater

311 North Bullard
Silver City, NM 88061
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Community Conversation - Opinions and Facts: Media's Influences on Community

Saturday, May 20, 2023

The Museum’s Spring series of talks will explore aspects of community building including the changing place and nature of “the public square,” media’s influence on community awareness and the scope and range of various associations and how they contribute to the energy and complexity of our larger community. 


The Community Conversations are co-sponsored with our partner WILL (Western Institute of Lifelong Learning) and scheduled for the third Saturday of March, April and May.  All programs take place from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm at the historic Silco Theater, 311 North Bullard Street. Each session consists of a speaker presentation, followed by panel discussion then questions and dialogue from the audience.


All events will also be streamed online via Zoom and Facebook.


The Opinions and Facts: Media's Influences on Community, presented by Javi Marrufo on May 20, examines how media has influenced community awareness. Silver City’s early newspapers like Mining Life promoted the community to the outside world and invited investors, merchants, miners and others to move to town. The press also shaped the town’s identity for local residents by urging and praising civic efforts and accomplishments. Yet, the publications told only part of the community story, often omitting working class citizens, especially minority residents. 


 Today, the local media still covers projects and events that impact residents’ lives, as well as promoting the town to outsiders. Beyond print media, several local radio stations have different focuses, messages and listening audiences.  


Panel discussion and audience input looks further into how the media has represented Silver City to the local community and the world beyond. Questions include: What is the media’s intent? How does it shape and strengthen our community? How has this changed through the years? 


Questions? Contact Cathleen Norman, Programs Coordinator, at 720 394-8626 or 

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