Voting in America has come under increasing scrutiny over the past two decades. From voter ID issues to gerrymandering to mail-in voting controversies, these issues have sparked intense debate.

Duquesne University will take a closer look at these and other issues with Civil Discourse and Voting in Today’s America, its annual forum designed to foster respectful discussion on the most challenging topics.

The campus-wide event, scheduled for Thursday, March 23 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the University’s Power Center Ballroom, will be moderated by President Ken Gormley and feature prominent panelists:

  • Hon. Richard A. Gephardt, former U.S. congressman and house majority leader and current president and CEO of Gephardt Government Affairs;
  • Elizabeth Preate Havey, Esq., secretary of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania and a partner at Dilworth Paxson, LLP;
  • Hon. Aerion Abney, state representative of the 19th District of Pennsylvania and former Pennsylvania Director of Special Projects for “All Voting is Local,” a national organization created to fight discriminatory barriers at the ballot box.

President Gormley, who began the Civil Discourse series in 2017, has made this a priority on campus.  

“We want to ensure that our students and other members of the Duquesne community feel comfortable sharing their views even on the most complicated and trying issues, in a respectful and productive fashion,” said Gormley. “Civil discourse is an important component of leadership in every aspect of business, community service and productive citizenship. We are proud to continue the long tradition of Duquesne University playing a leading role in this vital domain.”

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March 22, 2023