Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Ph.D., the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication and Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, will be a panelist during a California Council for the Humanities (CCH) forum on "Democracy and the Culture of Civic Conversation." The event will take place Friday, March 4, 2011, at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy in downtown Los Angeles, beginning at 1 p.m., EST. The forum will be streamed via live webcast and viewers can participate online in the conversations by posting questions and comments.
The forum will bring together an array of humanities scholars, public intellectuals, educators, and members of the public to discuss the relationship between the culture of civic conversation and democracy in America. Forum participants will gather to explore what it means to be part of an informed, engaged, and pluralistic society.
In addition to Jamieson, panelists will include author Chris Abani, author and journalist Gregory Rodriguez, and Bill Whitaker of CBS Evening News. Discussion topics include the history of U.S. political discourse, how social structures have shaped engagement in the public realm, and the future of civic discourse in a diverse and digitized world.