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CIS 720 Seminar – Civil Discourse in an Uncivil Age

Please join us for a talk with PBS host Alexander Heffner on “Civil Discourse in an Uncivil Age” on Monday, March 7, from 4:30pm to 5:30pm. Feel free to share with others in our campus community that you think may be interested!

Individuals interested in attending who are not part of CIS, please e-mail jwinter@hawaii.edu for the link.

PBS host Alexander Heffner considers the future of democracy and the impact of the current media and political climate on the first draft of history. Heffner discusses the effects of divisiveness on discourse, campaigns, and governance as well as the influence of new media, dis/misinformation, and filter bubbles that polarize society. In an era of pestilence, cruel feelings, and now war, what are possible prescriptions to correct this cycle and preserve shared human values and freedom? How can our social footprint translate into constructive instead of destructive behavior? How can we restore the integrity of public policy and civic life?