Lawrence speaker to bring message of need for civil discourse in public policy

Wed, 2017-11-01

A program addressing the need for civil discourse in public policy will take place next week on The University of Kansas campus.

The program, titled “Civil Discourse: Essential for a Healthy Democracy,” will begin at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, at the Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi in Lawrence. A reception will follow at 5:30 p.m.

The featured speaker will be Carolyn Lukensmeyer, executive director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse, based out of the University of Arizona in Tucson.

The event is sponsored by the Kansas Sunflower Foundation, a Topeka-based health advocacy organization.

Organizers of the event, which is a part of the Sunflower Foundation Advocacy in Health Speaker Series, said Lukensmeyer will lead a discussion about “the importance of civil discourse in shaping public policies that improve the lives and well-being of all citizens.”

Discussion topics will include: “The Revive Civility & Respect” initiative from the National Institute for Civil Discourse; What Americans think about the level of public discourse among elected officials; what people can do to help increase civility and improve their community’s civic engagement.