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In our newest Faculty 101, host Mary Jane Bruce draws on the insights of four Nebraska professors and two of the Cornhusker State’s most esteemed statesmen to discuss the timeliest of issues: civility, or a lack thereof, in American political discourse.
First up: former Democratic Sen. Bob Kerrey and former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel, who recently shared the stage for a Heuermann Lecture on that very issue. The longtime colleagues discuss how absolutism has eroded civility – what Hagel calls the “glue that binds a society” – before explaining how the country can rebound as it has from even more polarized periods of its fraught history.
Another pair of colleagues, Jerry Renaud and Rick Alloway from the College of Journalism and Mass Communications, explore how social media and the news media have modulated the tenor of public rhetoric. Dawn Braithwaite, department chair of communication studies, then talks about the Digital Age temptation to share every thought – along with the reasons not to.
And Aaron Duncan – coach of the reigning seven-time Big Ten speech and debate champions – lays out the Aristotelian approach to achieving the seemingly impossible: changing someone’s mind.
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