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PBS host to speak about "Civil Discourse in an Uncivil Age" at Robertson School Speaker Series

Aug 8, 2019

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By Marcus Messner, Ph.D., Interim Director

Alexander Heffner
Alexander Heffner

Alexander Heffner, host of “The Open Mind” on PBS, will be speaking about "Civil Discourse in an Uncivil Age: Media and the 2020 Election" at the Speaker Series of the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture at Virginia Commonwealth University. The event will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 6 p.m. in room 303 on the third floor of the James Branch Cabell Library.

Heffner has covered American politics, civic life and Millennials since the 2008 presidential campaign and his work has been profiled in The Washington Post, New York Times, and on NBC News, CNN and the BBC, among other media outlets. He is coauthor of A Documentary History of the United States. He is recipient of the University of Denver’s Anvil of Freedom Award, Franklin Pierce University’s Fitzwater Medallion for Leadership in Public Communication and Yale University’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism. A native New Yorker, he is a graduate of Harvard University.

The event, which will be moderated by Robertson School journalism professor Dr. Bill Oglesby, is free and open to the public. Seating will be given on a first-come basis. The James Branch Cabell Library is located at 901 Park Ave. Nearby paid parking is available in VCU's Main Street and West Cary Street Parking Decks.