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CDD Hosting Discussion on Arizona Shooting

In response to the recent shooting at Arizona that claimed lives and raised questions about political discourse, the Center for Democratic Deliberation is hosting a discussion forum to evaluate the impact civic dialogue has on civic violence.

The Flash Forum will start at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 21 in the Foster Auditorium and will host several speakers from the Penn State faculty to give insight into their ideas and concerns about the current political exchanges occurring in our nation.

When Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik cited “vitriolic rhetoric” as a factor in the shootings, he sparked debates about the metaphors, images (think crosshairs), slogans and commonplaces that comprise American political discourse.

The audience will hear from Matthew Jordan, College of Communication; Jeremy Engels, Department of Communication Arts and Sciences; Ellen Dannin, Dickinson School of Law; and John P. Christman, Philosophy, Political Science and Women’s Studies.

Students, faculty and community members are encouraged to attend and engage in conversation about the events and discourse that may have triggered or prevented this tragedy.

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