‘Listening to understand’

Sun, 2017-10-08

Civil discourse in politics, and the lack thereof, were the topics of discussion at a Foley Institute talk on Friday.

Visiting associate professor Carolyn Long in the School of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs at WSU Vancouver, spoke about how civility in politics can affect both peoples’ personal and public lives.

Long defined incivility as individuals being unwilling to speak to one another due to the difference in their perspectives, in both their political activities and personal life.

She said political polarization is why there is incivility in political discourse, noting that Washington is the fifth most polarized state in the U.S., and the growing income inequality has played a part.

The event was co-sponsored with the WSU Political Science Club, as part of the Foley Institute’s Coffee and Politics series.