Webcast of Four Sessions November 8-9
The November 8-9 meeting of the Penn National Commission on Society, Culture and Community is set up to allow for public participation in four of its sessions on-line at www.upenn.edu/pnc.
Celebrating the Conversation: Public Discourse in Action is the sixth gathering of the PNC, created three years ago when President Judith Rodin challenged 48 scholars, political leaders and shapers of public opinion "to address the polarization, oversimplification, and isolation from important cultural and intellectual traditions that are increasingly characteristic of contemporary social and political discourse." Proceedings of the first five can be found at the Commission's website www.upenn.edu/pnc.
The sessions next Monday and Tuesday focus on ways in which the conduct of public discourse in America can be improved. "Of notable timeliness" said the Commission's Executive Director Stephen Steinberg, " is Tuesday's discussion on political discourse, featuring Karl Rove, manager of the presidential campaign for Governor George W. Bush; Paul Begala, former political advisor to President Clinton; and Tom Luce, a Dallas lawyer who is a former Texas gubernatorial candidate and a veteran of Ross Perot's 1992 presidential campaign."
Through the four webcasts, cyber-participants will be able to submit comments and questions on-line through the Commission's website, www.upenn.edu/pnc. The webcasts will be permanently available for viewing on-line at the conclusion of each session.
Since its inception in December 1996, the Penn National Commission on Society, Culture and Community has sought to understand the problems of contemporary public discussion and behavior and to foster more engaged and thoughtful conversations about contemporary social issues.
The schedule, themes and speakers are as follows:
Monday, November 8, 10-11:45 a.m.
Monday, November 8, 2-3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 8, 9-10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, November 8, 10:45 a.m.-12:15 a.m.
Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 10, November 2, 1999