CIVIL DISCOURSE SYMPOSIUM: Friday September 22nd from 1:00pm to 2:45pm

September 21, 2017


On Friday September 22nd, from 1:00pm to 2:45pm, students from the World Today current events class at Harmony High School are hosting a public round-table discussion that will bring together:

Mayor Greg Ballard, the retired mayor of Indianapolis (R), who built a reputation for working across party lines during his time in office, when he also initiated an aggressive infrastructure program for Indianapolis; created the city’s first Office of Sustainability; and spearheaded the effort to make Indianapolis the first major city in the United States to commit to the conversion of its entire municipal non-police fleet to hybrid & electric cars. He left office with an astonishing 65% approval rating, in what had become a traditionally Democratic city.

Monroe County Councilwoman and IU Lecturer, Shelli Yoder, who ran as the Democratic candidate for the 9th District seat in the US House of Representatives in the 2012 and 2016 elections. In the 2016 election, her opponent, businessman, Trey Hollingsworth, spent 3.5 million dollars on a campaign that was considered to be one of the nastiest in a historically nasty campaign year.


Bob Zaltsberg, of the Bloomington Herald Times, who has been editor of the newspaper since 1985 and has overseen the news coverage of many election campaigns. He can speak to the patterns in American journalism and the challenges of covering the news objectively and comprehensively in today’s environment.

Together, our esteemed panelists will examine whether the current level of polarization in America is – as has been suggested – more extreme than anything that has been seen since the Civil War; or whether it is, in fact, a cyclical pattern in US politics. They will discuss what defines Civility and whether it is even possible for us to return to it in our public discourse. And they will be invited to suggest what standards of behavior should be expected from our political leaders and leaders in the media.

The Civil Discourse Symposium is a public program and time will be devoted to comments from the audience. Please join these impressive young people and support them in their quest to answer some of the most important questions of our time.

Inquiries may be referred to:

Sallyann Murphey

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