Community Event: The Future of (Un)Civil Discourse

226 Taylor Hall

By Hannah Wagner

Kent State University’s College of Communication and Information and WKSU will host “The Future of (Un)Civil Discourse,” a community event to discuss how social media, technology, pop culture and politics are changing the form, functions and very nature of civil discourse in the United States on Sept. 23 in Room 226 of Taylor Hall from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

A 2016 survey on civility in America found that 70 percent of respondents believed that incivility in America has risen to “crisis levels.” What new media and cultural platforms will shape the way we receive and believe ideas and information? What is the future of civil discourse in America? Are we fated to consume information in self-selected, isolated communities of interest? Can civility be saved (and at what expense)?

Explore these provocative questions in a discussion moderated by Amy Reynolds, dean of Kent State's College of Communication and Information, with panelists whose areas of expertise include information literacy, conspiracy theories, graphic novels, journalism, media and advertising.

The panelists are:

  • Kendra Albright, director, School of Information
  • Christopher Darling, assistant professor, School of Visual Communication Design
  • M.L. Schultze, digital editor and reporter, WKSU
  • Rekha Sharma, assistant professor, School of Communications Studies
  • Wendy Wardell, lecturer, School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Light brunch will be provided. For more information about this community event, visit

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