Polarization: A Civic Crisis discusses the state of U.S. politics

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The current polarized and compartmentalized intellectual climate both mirrors and contributes to similar maladies in American civic life. To examine the problem and begin to discuss possible solutions both on campus and in society, the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law are hosting a lecture series, beginning Oct. 26.

Join us as Arizona PBS broadcasts these discussions Fridays at 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 26, 2018

“Suicide of the West” with Jonah Goldberg, an American conservative syndicated columnist, author and political analyst. In an age of tribalism, nationalism, populism, and identity politics, are we ungratefully throwing away what made the West the free and prosperous place it is today? Goldberg diagnoses our civilization’s ills and tries to offer some solutions.

Nov. 2, 2018

“Identity and Citizenship” with Mark Lilla, an American political scientist, journalist and professor at Columbia University. Lilla’s book, “The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics,” has sparked a vigorous national conversation about how liberals need to articulate a new vision centered around ideas of common citizenship.

Nov. 9, 2018

“One Country, Three Faiths: America’s Real Religious Divide” with Ross Douthat, an American author, blogger and New York Times columnist. In his latest book, “One Country, Three Faiths: America’s Real Religious Divide,” Douthat suggests that there are deepening religious divides between believers of Christianity, Judaism and Islam in America. Here, Dr. Paul Carrese and Tracey Fessenden join him to discusses ways in which religion and the relative strength of religious institutions can impact civic life and magnify polarization.

Nov. 16, 2018

“What’s Ailing Liberal Democracy: What Tocqueville Can Still Teach Us” features panelists Paul Rahe (Hillsdale College), Patrick Deneen (University of Notre Dame), Joshua Mitchell (Georgetown University) and Cheryl Welch (Harvard University). Liberal democracy finds itself in poor health in the first decades of the 21st century. The rise of populism, decaying social cohesion, threats to free speech and anti-immigrant sentiment have raised questions about the future.

Nov. 23, 2018

“Analyzing the 2018 Midterm Elections” features Republican pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson and Democratic pollster Margie Omero, who co-host “The Pollsters” weekly podcast. They analyze the results of the 2018 Midterm elections. Both Anderson and Omero, from different sides of the political spectrum, analyze the polls driving news in politics, tech, entertainment and pop culture.

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