During what's arguably been one of the most contentious periods in U.S. history, scholars, pundits, and media figures all have lamented the state of public conversation and debate. As a nation, how can we lower the temperature and engage with one another in the productive ways necessary for a functioning democracy?  

The Duquesne University Office of the President and Division of Student Life have called upon some of the most influential and diplomatic figures in Pennsylvania politics to discuss the question. Panelists will delve into these relevant, thought-provoking topics at the forefront of public attention as the nation prepares for Election Day 2020.  

Politics, Contentious Elections and Civil Discourse will be held virtually via Zoom from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21. The event is provided free of charge to Duquesne students, faculty, and employees. Students at regional colleges and universities also will be invited. The event's online registrations are limited.  

The event is part of the Duquesne University Civil Discourse series, established by Duquesne President Ken Gormley, that explores the importance of respectful discussion and debate, even on challenging topics.

Gormley will moderate the event, which will feature the following panelists:

  • U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb, of Pennsylvania's 17th Congressional District
  • Tom Ridge, 43rd governor of Pennsylvania, first secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and now president and chief executive officer of Ridge Global
  • Houston, Texas, Mayor Sylvester Turner
  • Elizabeth Preate Havey, Esq., Partner, Dilworth Paxson, LLP; Chair, Montgomery County Republican Committee; Secretary, Republican Party of Pennsylvania.  

The event also will include video remarks from Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Bob Casey.   "I developed this annual series in 2016 to bring together our students, faculty and staff to engage in civil discourse relating to difficult issues of the day," said Gormley. "Now, more than ever, during a year of unprecedented pressures and unrest, we should be committed to encouraging a culture rooted in civil discourse."  

For more information and to register, visit www.duq.edu/civil-discourse.

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October 14, 2020