This event is free and walk-ins are permitted, but we would appreciate if you could register to attend.
The Institute of Democratic Engagement & Accountability (IDEA) is proud to bring Alex Heffner, host of PBS series The Open Mind, to campus February 7th. Alexander is a coauthor of the bestseller A Documentary History of the United States and has covered American culture, politics, and civic life since he was an student during the 2008 presidential campaign.
Heffner 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. 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?