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Press Release: Discourse and Democracy, Focus of Center Valley Forum
Date: 11/5/2004


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Discourse and Democracy, Focus of Center Valley Forum, Tues., Nov. 9

The post-election season has begun.  Analysts will look back to study what went right or wrong in the campaigns, and candidates will look ahead to strategize about how to bring about unity in the electorate.  Whether this is possible will be the subject of a Center Valley Forum on discourse and democracy, to be held at DeSales University on Tuesday, November 9, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00p.m. The event is open to the public free of charge.

The rancor of the recent political campaigns reveals a growing problem that affects many areas of today's society.  The forum, "America's Shouting Match," will consider the question of how we can be "united" when differing viewpoints lead to consideration of the other as an "enemy."  We see this in politics, when "attack" ads dominate the airwaves.  We see this in law, when litigation becomes a "battle."  We see this in sports, when opposing fans of a game become violent.

A panel of notable experts will address these and related issues.  Congressman Pat Toomey, who represents the 15th district in the U.S. House of Representatives, will speak about political campaigns.  Having recently engaged in a hotly contested race of his own, he brings campaign experience to the table.  Rob Vaughn, news anchor at WFMZ-TV who has moderated various debates and community discussions, will address the media's role in democratic discourse.  Dr. John Mitchell, a prominent local psychiatrist, will consider the obstacles to listening to one another and propose ways in which we can replace confrontation with communication.  Fr. Doug Burns, a faculty member at DeSales University and member of the Lehigh Valley Coalition on Sport Ethics, will serve as moderator for the discussion.

For further information, contact the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture at DeSales, at 610-282-1100, ext. 1244.


Press Release: Discourse and Democracy, Focus of Center Valley Forum | Posted on: 11/5/2004

For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive D
irector of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu

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