September 18

Civil Discourse in an Uncivil Age

2017 Constitution Day Address

Civil Discourse in an Uncivil Age posterIn conjunction with the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues at Dickinson College, Penn State's Dickinson Law is co-sponsoring the Winfield C. Cook Constitution Day Address “Civil Discourse in an Uncivil Age” presented by Alexander Heffner, host of The Open Mind, journalist, writer and civic educator on September 18 at 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Anita Tuvin Schlecter Auditorium at Dickinson College. Heffner will discuss the millennial citizen, the space of old and new media, and the character of contemporary political discourse.

This event is free and open to the public; registration is not required. Learn more about the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues at

The Open Mind is a thoughtful excursion into the world of ideas across politics, media, technology, the arts and all realms of civic life. Heffner has covered American politics, civic life and Millennials since the 2008 presidential campaign. His work has been profiled in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, Variety, Medium, and on NBC News, MSNBC, C-SPAN, CNN, BBC and NY1, among other media outlets. His essays, reviews and op-eds have appeared in TIME, Reuters, RealClearPolitics, NYT’s Room for Debate, The Wall Street Journal and The Boston Globe, among other publications.

He has lectured, participated in and moderated panels at the Newseum, National Constitution Center, FDR Library and Museum, Center for Information and Bubble Studies, Institute of Applied Politics, Center for Telecommunication and Law, Brian Lamb School of Communication, Graduate School of Political Management, University of San Diego, University of Notre Dame, University of New Mexico, University of South Florida, Simpson College and Skidmore College, among other institutions of learning. He was the political director for WHRB 95.3 FM and host of The Political Arena. A native New Yorker, he is a graduate of Andover and Harvard.

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