Polarization in America’s Public Discourse

The Great Divide poster

SC Political Collections invites you to join us Tuesday, April 23, for The Great Divide.  As he did for our forums in 2011-2012, SCPC Director Herb Hartsook will lead the discussion of which tradeoffs the public is willing to accept and how far the public is willing to go in addressing The Great Divide.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to 803-777-3061 or schwartz@sc.edu.  You must RSVP as we are limiting seating to 15 participants!

Participants will be sent a short discussion guide to read before the forum. It offers three ways to start thinking about the problem of polarization in America’s public discourse: standing on principle, building common ground, and cultivating individual responsibility.

The guide is a draft developed by the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress in collaboration with The Kettering Foundation.  It includes excerpts from surveys of local citizens conducted by the centers earlier this year (you might have participated in this!). Feedback from our forum will be essential in developing the final discussion guide.

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