IDEA and the Glenn College are proud to bring Alex Heffner, hope of PBS series The Open Mind, to campus Tuesday, Feb. 7, to share opportunities for meaningful, effective political engagement that does not further contribute to polarization and division. Alexander is a coauthor of the bestselling A Documentary History of the United States (Penguin, 2022) and has covered American culture, politics, and civic life since he was a student during the 2008 presidential campaign.
Heffner’s talk with be presented from 7 - 8 pm (with a chance to talk one-on-one with Heffner and enjoy light refreshments after) in the Policy Forum (first floor) of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs on Feb. 7. The talk, "Civil Dialogue in an Uncivil Age," will discuss the effects of divisiveness on discourse, campaigns, and democratic governance as well as the influence of new media, disinformation, and filter bubbles that polarize U.S. society. Heffner will explore questions such as: What are possible prescriptions to correct this cycle? How can our social footprint translate into constructive instead of destructive behavior? How can citizens, government, and the press restore faith in civic life and the integrity of public policy?
This event is free— we're asking that you register but walkins are also welcome.