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Sept 28 “Civic Engagement & Governance in a Polarized Society”

In an era of political division, opposing parties engaging in a respectful, meaningful conversation can seem like an impossible feat.

Gov. Bill Ritter
Gov. Bill Ritter

But the liberal arts have long celebrated diverse voices and civil discussion. And to encourage just that, the College of Liberal Arts will host a free, public conversation called Civic Engagement and Governance in a Polarized Society on Thursday, Sept. 28.

The program will feature a panel of exceptional liberal arts alumni and faculty: former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter (’79); former New York Times Public Editor and now Facebook consultant Liz Spayd (’81); John Straayer, professor of political science; and Albert Bimper, associate professor of ethnic studies and senior associate athletic director for Diversity, Inclusion, and Engagement in the Department of Athletics.

This discussion-in-the-round will focus on the importance of civic dialogue to strengthen our community. Panelists will discuss how to address the perception of the deep polarization of the American people and will explore our reality going forward. The audience will be invited to ask questions.

Elizabeth Spayd
Elizabeth Spayd

“We believe that one way forward at this time of incivility and divide is to demonstrate how liberal arts disciplines and skills can produce better understanding,” says College of Liberal Arts Dean Ben Withers, moderator of the panel. “It is part of our land-grant mission to serve all the people of Colorado, and we can do so by looking more closely at both the symptoms and root causes of our contemporary civic situation.”

Join this exciting Great Conversations event. Register online today at

Location:  Iris and Michael Smith Alumni Center at the new CSU stadium, 701 W. Pitkin Street, Fort Collins, CO

Time:  Doors open at 6:00pm, program begins at 6:30pm MT


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