J. Michael Hogan on steering team for national symposium on civility and democratic discourse

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    J. Michael Hogan, Liberal Arts Research Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences and Co-Director of the Center for Democratic Deliberation at Penn State, has been appointed to the Steering Team for a major national symposium on civility and democratic discourse to be held at the National Constitution Center (NCC) in Philadelphia on March 26-27, 2011.  Entitled Democratic Discontent: A Public Symposium on Civility and Democracy in America, the event will feature participants from a wide variety of academic disciplines, as well as political commentators and activists from across the political spectrum.  Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities with additional support from the NCC, the symposium's tentative schedule includes a keynote address by former president Bill Clinton, a series of study groups on public discourse and dissent in American politics, and a Town Hall Forum.  The symposium will conclude with a workshop designed to help the NCC develop new national programs on the themes of dissent, civility, and democracy in America.
    Hogan will be joining a stellar list of scholars, political leaders, journalists and political commentators, and civic and business leaders at the symposium.   Among those already slated to speak are documentary filmmaker Ken Burns,  Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania, Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg School of Communication,  Michael Schudson of the Columbia University School of Journalism,  John Yoo, Professor of Law at the University of California, and Beth Simone Noveck, Director of the White House Open Government Initiative.  The list of participants also includes representatives of various grass-roots political movements, leaders of civic, religious, and business groups, and representatives of educational and philanthropic organizations.  The symposium will be videotaped and disseminated through a wide variety of outlets, and it will form the basis for a new series of scholarly monographs sponsored by the NCC.           

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