The Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy & Public Service

Civility & Democracy in America Conference

Conference Agenda

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Conference speakers and participants should refer to the full timeline of the three-day conference.

Thursday, March 3, 2011 — The Davenport Hotel, Spokane, Wash.

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Isabella Ballroom
Reception & Keynote Speakers

Brian Pitcher, Chancellor
Washington State University Spokane

Doug Epperson, Dean
College of Liberal Arts, Washington State University

Keynote Speakers
Sam Reed
Washington Secretary of State

Stephen L. Carter
William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law
Yale Law School

Friday, March 4, 2011 — WSU Spokane at the Riverpoint Campus

8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Phase I Classroom Building Auditorium (Room 122)
Academic Forum: "Exploring the Relationship Between Civility, Democracy, and the Common Good"

Doug Epperson, Dean
College of Liberal Arts, Washington State University

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

History Session
Michael Kazin, Georgetown University 
Thomas J. Sugrue, University of Pennsylvania
Fredrik Logevall, Cornell University
Lisa McGirr, Harvard University
Panel Facilitator: Cornell Clayton, Washington State University

10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Religion Session
Amanda Porterfield, Florida State University
Wade Clark Roof, University of California, Santa Barbara
Jane Smith, Harvard Divinity School
Paul Boyer, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Panel Facilitator: Matthew Sutton, Washington State University

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Art & Architecture Session
Alan J. Plattus, Yale University
Witold Rybczynski, University of Pennsylvania
Edward Feiner, Former U.S. Chief Architect
Joan Ockman, University of Pennsylvania
Panel Facilitator: Ayad Rahmani, Washington State University

2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Philosophy & Ethics Session
Thomas Christiano, University of Arizona
Joshua Cohen, Stanford University
Brian Leiter, University of Chicago Law School
Ann Levey, University of Calgary
Panel Facilitator: Joseph Campbell, Washington State University

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Communication & Media Session
Peter Bhatia, The Oregonian
Dietram Scheufele, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Theodore L. Glasser, Stanford University
Russell Dalton, University of California, Irvine
Panel Facilitator: Lawrence Pintak, Washington State University











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