Common Ground Lobby Talks bring together the academy, the community, and the power of public media in the pursuit of increasing public discourse and providing a public forum for nuanced discussion. Common Ground Lobby Talks are a production of WPSU in partnership with the Public Service Media Study Group.

The Public Service Media Study Group, which began in Spring 2006 with partial funding by a grant from the National Science Foundation, is comprised of faculty members, graduate students, community members and WPSU TV/FM professionals.  The group's goal is to provide a forum for interchange and exploration of the issues faced by public media and higher education as both reexamine their shared commitment to public engagement.

Several of our Common Ground Lobby Talks will be featured as Penn State University programming on WPSU-TV, PSU Live and through WPSU's website.

WPSU's Common Ground Lobby Talks series is made possible by The Public Service Media Initiative, a collaborative project of the Science, Technology and Society Program in the Colleges of the Liberal Arts and Engineering, and WPSU TV/FM. Support also comes from SPE Federal Credit Union, ECM Insurance Group, Furrer Beverage, Jeff and Jerrilyn Kern and the Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State.