Civic Dialogues Program on state of democracy, Sept. 12

Marquette’s Civic Dialogues Program will host Alexander Heffner, PBS host and co-author of the bestselling book “A Documentary History of the United States,” on Monday, Sept. 12, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in AMU 157.

Heffner will speak in the program, titled “Civil Discourse in an Uncivil Age,” on the effects of divisiveness on discourse, campaigns and governance, as well as the influence of new media, dis/misinformation and filter bubbles that polarize American society.  

Register online by Sept. 12 to attend.

Heffner has covered American culture, politics and civic life since the 2008 presidential campaign. He is a recipient of Johns Hopkins University’s Agora Institute Fellowship, University of Denver’s Anvil of Freedom Award, Franklin Pierce University’s Fitzwater Medallion for Leadership in Public Communication and Yale University’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism. He is profiled in The Wrap, Mediaite, The Washington Post, The Des Moines Register, Christian Science Monitor, Variety, Medium and on MSNBC, C-SPAN, NPR, CNN, ABC and the BBC. His writing appears in USA Today, WIRED, TIME, The Wall Street Journal, The Independent, NYT’s Room for Debate, Boston Globe and Philadelphia Inquirer, among other publications.