First of Community “Frank Talks” to be held in Tucson

For Immediate Release
August 9, 2016


Matt Roberts, Director of Communications 
Phone: (602) 542-2228
[email protected]

TUCSON – Secretary of State Michele Reagan has announced the first of a series of FRANK Talks for Dusenberry-River Library in Tucson this Wednesday at 2:00 p.m.  FRANK Talks are free thought-provoking, expert-facilitated discussions on important issues facing our communities produced in partnership with Arizona Humanities and the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records division.  Attendees will discuss local and national issues in local libraries during a 75-minute program, led by a humanities scholar/expert on the topic. 

Wednesday’s FRANK Talk is called Stories of Arizona; Places, Spaces and People, hosted by the “Hip Historian” Marshall Shore.

“This is an exciting opportunity for our libraries and the communities they serve,” said Secretary of State Michele Reagan. “I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to work with Arizona Humanities to facilitate interesting discussions about our state and the issues facing our communities.”

Brenda Thomson, Arizona Humanities Executive Director remarked, “We are pleased to launch FRANK Talks in partnership with the Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records. The State Library has been a valuable partner for many years. Together we just launched “FRANK Talks,” a brand new program that invites people to talk and listen respectfully to one another on current issues. Every day in the news we hear about events that are inspiring, tragic, and confounding. Community conversations help us make sense of the events that affect us all.

We named FRANK Talks after our founder Lorraine W. Frank. She believed in engaging communities in dialogue. I think she would be proud of FRANK Talks.”

Contact Ellie Hutchison, Programs Manager ([email protected] or 602-257-0335 x26) to schedule your FRANK Talk and complete your organization’s application.  For the summer of 2016, FRANK Talks are only available for Arizona libraries.  For non-library organizations, stay tuned for Fall 2016 when FRANK Talks will be opened up to non-profits and other organizations.