Whatever Happened to Civil Discourse? The 2016 Election (Flashpoint)

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Located at Duke Hall Gallery Court.

This Flashpoint brings together JMU faculty experts in Journalism, Political Science, and History to consider the state of civil discourse at this time of the 2016 election, the first in which many JMU students will be voting. As students figure out how to participate as responsible citizens in our democracy, where can they turn to find exemplars of civil behavior? What kind of examples are the candidates providing? In the wake of the most recent scandals, young and older voters alike are confused and do not know what to make of the situation. This forum will provide opportunities to consider these questions thoughtfully and with the expertise of JMU faculty. As James Madison reportedly wrote, "The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of liberty.”

Confirmed facilitators:

Sarah Brooks, School of Art & Art History, CVPA

Martin Cohen, Political Science, CAL

Dolores Flamiano, Journalism, School of Media Arts & Design, CVPA

Matthew Lee, Psychology, Madison Matters, CHBSE

David McGraw, Integrated Science and Technology, CISE

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