Alan Magee and Rob Shetterly will have a dialogue on social protest, social change and the role of art Thursday, July 25, at 6:30 p.m. at Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St.

The artists, both Maine residents, will discuss their ideas on the obligations of artists in society and culture; how other artists have used art in different ways to raise awareness or effect change; and specifically why they choose to make this type of art. They see the conversation as an opportunity for open discussion about peace activism, art making and how the voice of social consciousness can become authentic and trusted or perceived as the rant of a crackpot.

Special accommodations for persons with disabilities can be made with 48 hours notice by calling 594-0310. This evening is one in a continuing Thursday evening series of literary, film and musical offerings sponsored by the library and Friends of the Rockland Public Library. Admission is free.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or