Dinner at the Square
Dinner at the Square is the foundational event offered by The Village Square. Each year, there is a new dinner "season" announced. Click on the "child pages" at the bottom of the page for past season programming. You must officially become a Village Square to offer the dinner series (Village Circle events can be offered by anyone, anytime, assuming you follow a few rules).
From the early days of our Republic, legislators came to Washington and lived in separate regional boarding houses. Far from the intended mixing of ideas from culturally and regionally diverse legislators, the psychology of the tribe took over. While they came to town with preexisting differences between legislators from other regions, their segregation be regions widened the divide. President Thomas Jefferson wrote that these legislators came to work "in a spirit of avowed misunderstanding, without the smallest wish to agree." Jefferson solved the problem by inviting a mixed region group of legislators to the White House for dinner no more than a dozen at a time, sat them at a round table to prevent squabbles on who rated the head of the table (and poured lots of wine, truth be told).
Page: Dinner Season 2010 - 2011, The Divided States of America
Page: Dinner Season 2012-13, E Pluribus Unum
Page: Dinner Season 2013-14, "The Asteroids Club"
Page: Dinner Season 2014-15, US vs. THEM?
Page: Dinner Season 2015-16, FOUNDING IDEALS
Page: Faith, Politics & Neighbors
Page: It's the End of the World as We Know It... And I feel fine?
Page: Powering Up... America's Energy Future
Page: The Year of Living Dangerously