The Art of Civil Discourse

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Alumni, Community, Faculty, Staff, Students

Civil discourse – an increasingly rare commodity. Why is that so and what can we do about it in such a polarizing time in our society?

West Michigan communications professionals and community members are invited to join us as we seek to understand the art of civil discourse. Hosted by the West Michigan Chapter of Public Relations Society of America, this hour-long webinar will explore how recent and upcoming national events have contributed to the downturn of civility and mutual respect in public discourse. Panelists will discuss what each of us can be doing to help move beyond the difficulties of differing opinions in order to facilitate meaningful and civil conversations in our communities.

The panel includes Jeff Kelly Lowenstein, an investigative journalist, author and the Padnos/Sarosik Endowed Chair of Civil Discourse at Grand Valley State University. Jeff is the founder and executive of the Center for Collaborative Investigative Journalism. His work has been published in The New Yorker and the Center for Public Integrity, among many publications, and has earned national and international recognition. Jeff has participated in national and international fellowships about racial justice, the environment, health, business and trauma. A Fulbright Scholar, specialist and teacher, he has written or edited six books.

Please register by September 21.

Member $10
Future Member $15
Student $0
Unemployed/Underemployed $0

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