Socrates Virtual Café

Welcome to the Socrates Virtual Cafe!

What, When, Where, and What time? A Socrates Cafe (virtual or in-person) brings together a group of diverse individuals to discuss a topic chosen by the group in a safe and friendly environment. Hosted by the Ligonier Valley Library in their Zoom chat room, participants will join from the comfort of their home.

Next Cafe: Thursday, September 24 at 6:30 PM
Topic: Educational lessons learned from COVID-19

Registration is required. If you are interested in joining the discussion, please register @ by noon on the day before.

An email will be sent from with the information for joining the chat room.**

Everyone must register to attend (including those who attended the in-person cafes). 

Need more details? We’re happy to answer your questions. Call the Ligonier Valley Library at 724-238-6451 or keep reading. Just as it did when the group met in person, the virtual cafe brings together a group of diverse individuals to propose, explore, interrogate, investigate, and seek to persuade each other about our own-generated questions – but with one major twist, you join the discussion from the comfort of your home via a Ligonier Valley Library hosted Zoom chat room. You can use a personal computer, tablet, or even your smartphone to join the conversation. (We recommended testing your device’s audio and visual capability ahead of time.) There is also an option to phone in.

Whether in-person or virtual, the purpose of the café is to become more informed and accepting. The group discussions are meant to inspire each person within the group to discover and cultivate his/her unique point of view. The café is not a debate society or a platform for proselytizing or sermonizing. We do not all think alike, but we can all come together and feel safe to share our views. 

The facilitator will be Dighton Fiddner, Ph.D. (“Mac”), who is twice retired – first from the U.S. Army, and second from Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he was a professor of political science, and his assistant is local resident, Trudy Brisendine. They promise to keep the group inquisitive and focused!


**If you registered for the cafe, but did not receive the email to join the chat – please check your junk mail. You may need to add to your email address book. If you are not finding the email, then call the library at 724-238-6451 and give a staff member your email address.