Center for Faculty Innovation

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

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

Location:  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 angry 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 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, School of Media Arts & Design, CAL,
  • Matthew Lee, Psychology, Madison Matters, CHBSE,
  • David McGraw, Integrated Science and Technology, CISE 

Vistor parking:  Visitors are not required to display permits after 3:00 PM on Friday and may park in Commuter and Resident lots.  Mason Street and Warsaw Avenue parking desks are recommended.  

Note: A visitor is an individual who is not enrolled at, compensated by or employed as an affiliate of James Madison University.  More information about parking on campus.

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