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Hanover College will host “Rewriting the Rural Narrative,” a half-day interactive workshop designed to bring together community, business and academic leaders to learn about successful economic, government, arts and culture strategies that apply to rural communities.

“Rewriting the Rural Narrative” will be held Thursday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Horner Health and Recreation Center.

Ben Winchester, a rural sociologist from the University of Minnesota Extension, will serve as the keynote speaker. Winchester is a research fellow with the Center for Community Vitality. He manages evaluation studies that monitor the effectiveness and outcomes of leadership, civic engagement and community economics programs. He has worked both in and for small towns across the Midwest since 1997.

The workshop will also include lunch, special “ignite” sessions and a panel of local leaders to engage in dialogue about the vitality of rural communities.

The public is encouraged to attend. Tickets cost just $25. Registration is available through Thursday, Oct. 3. REGISTRATION

“Rewriting the Rural Narrative” is sponsored by Indiana Humanities, Independent Colleges of Indiana and Indiana Philanthropy Alliance.