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The Public Square Speaker Series with three images, one of Jelani Cobb, one of Matika Wilbur and one of guests enjoying a talk in the audience

The Public Square is one of DC Public Library's signature speaker series, presented in partnership with the DC Public Library Foundation and Pepco: An Exelon Company.

Public Squares, like public libraries, are "third places" in our communities. They are social spaces that help us cultivate our sense of belonging outside of our first place, our homes and our second place, our workplace. They are spaces that foster good conversation and connection, where we can both learn from others and share our own knowledge. 

Through moderated discussions, The Public Square series realizes this idea of libraries as a third place by connecting leaders and innovators with the public to talk about the next phase of their work or scholarship. 

Stream Previous Public Square Speakers