Panel talk about civil discourse in politics set for Sept. 6

“Bridging the Political Divide: How We Can Advance Civil Discourse” will be presented Sept. 6 at Ripon College. The panel discussion will run from 6:30-7:45 p.m. in Kresge Little Theatre, East Hall, on the campus.

The focus will be on how we can have civil discussions with others whose views are fundamentally opposed to ours, as well as why it is so important that we learn how to better communicate with each other.

Panelists include:

  • Craig Gilbert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Washington Bureau Chief and author of The Wisconsin Voter political blog. He has covered every presidential campaign since 1988 and has written extensively about the electoral battle for the swing states of the industrial Midwest.
  • Joy Cardin, who worked for 31 years at Wisconsin Public Radio, including 14 years as host of “The Joy Cardin Show” on The Ideas Network. She served as WPR’s news director, talk director and Ideas Network director, co-hosted and helped develop the early-morning call-in program when the Ideas Network was created in 1990, and started hosting the morning show full-time in 2003.
  • Sarah Lloyd, dairy farmer outside of Wisconsin Dells. She also works for the Wisconsin Farmers Union (WFU) and the Wisconsin Food Hub Cooperative; has served as a member of the Columbia County Board; and is both a national and state leader concerning rural development and food policy.
  • Marty Farrell, a member of the League of Women Voters of the Ripon Area, will be the moderator. He taught comparative politics and global studies at Ripon College from 1976-2016 and has written more than 50 peer-reviewed conference papers, periodical articles, encyclopedia entries and book chapters.
  • This event is sponsored by the Center for Politics and the People of Ripon College and the League of Women Voters of the Ripon Area.

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