Alexander Heffner has immersed himself in U.S. politics as a public affairs broadcaster, civic educator, journalist, and since 2014 host of PBS’s The Open Mind. This week he’ll engage and address Lobos at The University of New Mexico.

UNM’s Communication & Journalism Department, along with four others, are sponsoring the public presentation, “Civil Discourse in an Uncivil Age,” Friday, April 8 at 12 p.m., in Northrop Hall 122.

In an era of pestilence, cruel feelings and now war, what are possible prescriptions to correct this cycle and preserve shared human values and freedom? How can our social footprint translate into constructive instead of destructive behavior? How can we restore the integrity of public policy and civic life?

Heffner’s discussion will touch on the effects of divisiveness on public discourse, campaigns, and governance as well as the influence of new media, dis/misinformation, and filter bubbles that polarize society.

“We are so excited to be able to bring Alexander Heffner to the UNM campus,” said David Weiss, Communication & Journalism Department chair. “He’s not only an award-winning journalist and historian, but someone whose work and ideas shed light on the most pressing social, political, and personal issues of our time.”

This event is free and open to the public. Masks will be required at this event.