André Brock to Speak at Political Symposium Conflict and Civility in Political Discourse: Where Is the Line?

November 9, 2011 - 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Sheridan Iowa City Hotel

November 8-10 the Forkenbrock Series on Public Policy will be hosting a symposium designed to contribute to the national political dialogue by promoting civil discourse in the public sphere, with special emphasis on the political climate and voter sensibilities. Their goal is to approach the topic of civil discourse from an innovative, interdisciplinary and multi-partisan perspective.

The 2-day event will include academic, political, and media perspectives, along with film screenings and art exhibits about the role of civil discourse in the development of policy. Discussions will include historical perspectives on civil discourse in the US; rhetorical and artistic perspectives; the role of social media; the views of state and federal politicians; and the implications of the Citizens United Supreme Court case on political dialogue.

Events are free and open to the public.

SLIS's own André Brock will be a part of a panel discussion on Nov 9th from 1:30-3:00 to discuss rhetorical perspectives and cultural interpretations. The panel moderator will be Jeff Bennett, Department of Communication Studies, University of Iowa and other panelists include Robert Ivie, American Studies & Communication and Culture, Indiana University and Gerald Wetlaufer, College of Law, University of Iowa.

To see the full schedule of activities click here.