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College of Communication and the Arts and Institute for Communication and Religion Host Symposium about Civil Discourse  

Ethically Speaking FlyerThe College of Communication and the Arts with the involvement of the Institute for Communication and Religion (ICR) will host “Ethically Speaking: Is There Hope for Civil Discourse in America?” on Thursday, February 15, from 4-6 p.m in Jubilee Hall Auditorium. The Seton Hall community and public are encouraged to attend the free event.

The symposium will feature a discussion on the state of civil discourse in America with Dr. Donald McKenna, professor emeritus of communication; Monsignor Dennis Mahon, Ph.D., associate professor of communication and ICR coordinator; and Dr. Jon Radwan, associate professor of communication and ICR committee member. It will also include a performance by Angela Kariotis Kotsonis and student involvement from the College’s Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl team.

“The idea for this symposium was a concern about the degeneration of our civil discourse in America,” said McKenna. “My hope is that individuals will come together to say and do what is right. This is what ‘Ethically Speaking’ is all about. As a University community, we are coming together to reaffirm our respect for the dignity of every person.”

Discussion topics will include how the level of civility has changed, the impact this has on our politics and quality of life, and what we can expect in the future. The topics will be examined from educational, religious, diplomatic, philosophical, ethical, and historical perspectives.

To carry out the Institute’s values of engagement and collaboration, the Institute partnered with its home College to make the symposium possible. “‘Ethically Speaking’ will provide the audience the chance to engage in discussion about topics critically important in today’s society,” said Monsignor Mahon. “The symposium was a natural opportunity for collaboration for the Institute.”

Launched in Fall 2017, the Institute for Communication and Religion provides a nexus for ongoing scholarly exploration of communication topics critically important to religion and society. Under the leadership of Monsignor Mahon and inspired by Nostra Aetate, the Institute enhances the University’s and the College’s sustained leadership in fostering open, clear dialogue and study between religious believers and the broader public in the communication disciplines at the theoretical, professional, and practical levels.

The symposium is the Institute’s latest initiative. The Institute recently hosted curriculum development workshops and its inaugural event, “Speaking Truth: Religion in the News Media”, featuring The Wall Street Journal Columnist William McGurn, was held in Fall 2017. A large-scale, interreligious event is also scheduled for the Spring 2018 semester.

To learn more about the Institute for Communication and Religion, please contact Monsignor Dennis Mahon.

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For more information, please contact:

  • Monsignor Dennis Mahon, Ph.D.
  • (973) 275-2794
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