Polarization in Politics: How Do We Build Consensus and Civility?

Political gridlock along Pennsylvania Avenue has brought our nation's capital to a standstill. Unfortunately, the lack of compromise can be found at the state and regional levels, too. That's probably why just 19% of the American people claim to have any faith in government.

On Wednesday, September, 10, we're going to buck the trend. That evening, four highly regarded political insiders will visit Ursinus College to explore our nation's polarization. They'll provide an inspiring - and realistic - look at how civility and respect can once again be the hallmarks of American politics. They'll also give a behind-the-scenes look at the political landscape and discuss ways that students can become more engaged in the 2014 election cycle.

Can this panel of two Democrats and two Republicans come to a consensus on how we can build a productive political culture? Joining this special engagement are two of MSNBC's "Pennsylvania Rising Stars": Republican Ryan Costello 1999, chair of the Chester County Board of Commissioners, and Democrat Joshua Shapiro, chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners. They are joined by Alan Novak 1971 and T.J. Rooney, former chairmen of the Pennsylvania state Republican and Democrats parties, respectively.

Emmy Award-winning political moderator Nell McCormack Abom will lead the panel discussion.

Click here to RSVP.

Kaleidoscope Lenfest Theater

Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center
Ursinus College
Collegeville, PA 19426

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014


Taylor Manferdini

Phone: 610-409-3585