HELENA–Carroll College has invited Alexander Heffner, host of the PBS series "The Open Mind," to provide a lecture to the Helena community exploring "Civil Discourse in an Uncivil Age: The Quest for a Post-Partisan America" on Monday, September 25 at the Helena Middle School. This event is sponsored by the Carroll College Alpha Seminar program and the Apgar Foundation.
Mr. Heffner is the keynote speaker for Carroll College’s Alpha Seminar. Alpha Seminar is a unique course taken by first-year students during their initial semester at Carroll. Its purpose is to introduce students to the distinctive practices and values of a Catholic liberal arts education while focusing on critical reading, writing and thinking. Mr. Heffner will meet with the Alpha classes prior to his public lecture in the evening.
“It is essential that the next generation work to reassert our collective American citizenship, leadership and values...to protect the sanctity of civic life in 2017 and beyond," said Mr. Heffner.
In addition to being the host of “The Open Mind” on PBS, Alexander Heffner has covered American politics, civic life and millennials since the 2008 presidential campaign. His work has been profiled in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, Variety, Medium, and on NBC News, MSNBC, C-SPAN, CNN, BBC and NY1, among other media outlets. His essays, reviews and op-eds have appeared in TIME, Reuters, RealClearPolitics, NYT's Room for Debate, The Wall Street Journal and The Boston Globe, as well as additional publications. He has lectured, participated in and moderated panels at the Newseum, National Constitution Center, FDR Library and Museum, Center for Information and Bubble Studies, Institute of Applied Politics, Center for Telecommunication and Law, Brian Lamb School of Communication, Graduate School of Political Management, University of San Diego, University of Notre Dame, University of New Mexico, University of South Florida, Simpson College and Skidmore College, in addition to other institutions of learning. He was the political director for WHRB 95.3 FM in Boston and host of “The Political Arena.”
This event is free and the public is invited to attend.