Wednesday March 06, 2013 | 11:57 AM

WASHINGTON – Former Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe will participate Wednesday afternoon in a “national conversation on American unity,” the first town hall-style event being staged by the Bipartisan Policy Center.

The panel discussion will take place in California beginning at 1 p.m. EST but will be streamed live online here.

Snowe joined the Bipartisan Policy Center as a senior fellow last month and is one of the co-chairs of the center’s Commission on Political Reform. The commission plans to hold similar “national conversations” around the country as it attempts to spark a dialogue on understanding the causes of the current political divide and recommending reforms.

The other commission co-chairs participating in Wednesday’s panel discussion are: Sen. Tom Daschle, D-S.D.; Dirk Kempthorne, a former governor of Idaho, senator and Secretary of the Interior; and Dan Glickman, former U.S. House member and Secretary of Agriculture.

The Bipartisan Policy Center was founded in 2007 by Daschle, former Democratic Sen. George Mitchell of Maine, former Republican Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas and former Republican Sen. Howard Baker of Tennessee.


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