The 2013 National Issues Forum (NIF) will focus on the subject “How Can We Stop Mass Shootings in Our Communities?”

Sessions will be held in the fireplace area on the 3rd floor of Spiva Library at Missouri Southern State University at 3950 E. Newman Road in Joplin. There is no fee to participate. Reservations are recommended, but not required. 

Forum dates and times are as follows:

* Wednesday, March 6:
   3:30 – 5 p.m., MSSU Spiva Library

* Thursday, March 7:
   6:30 – 8 p.m., MSSU Spiva Library

* Monday, March 11:
   2  – 3:30 p.m., Spiva Library

* Tuesday, March 12:
    6:30 – 8 p.m., MSSU Spiva Library

* Friday, March 15:
   12:30 – 2 p.m., MSSU Spiva Library

Early in our democracy, citizens gathered to talk and learn together about their common problems before deciding how to solve them. We can still gather and deliberate to create a reasoned public voice. Since 1981, National Issues Forums (NIF) has supported a nonpartisan, nationwide network of locally-sponsored public forums for that purpose.

Area residents, community organizations, and Missouri Southern students, faculty, and staff are invited to gather in small groups & deliberate this year’s NIF topic. Read a brief brochure on background facts at pdf  Issue Advisory (prepared by the non-partisan Kettering Foundation). Then meet to talk informally about various approaches to the issue.

Background reading additionally is available at the Spiva Library at MSSU or online at

For reservations or to arrange a forum for your group, or get a brief electronic or print reading, contact: Dr. Ann Wyman, associate professor of Political Science Office: Webster Hall 236 Missouri Southern State University. Telephone: (417) 625-9697 or e-mail .