Whitman College

The 2020 Campaign: Uncivil and Unwell in America

PBS host and American author/journalist Alexander Heffner will discuss the effects of divisiveness on discourse, media, and governance as well as the influence of misinformation, disinformation, and bigotry that polarize and undermine civil society. Heffner is host of The Open Mind on PBS. He has covered American politics, civic life and Millennials since the 2008 presidential campaign. His work has been profiled in The Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Des Moines Register, Christian Science Monitor, Variety, Medium, and on NBC News, MSNBC, C-SPAN, NPR, CNN and the BBC, among other media outlets.

He is coauthor of A Documentary History of the United States (Tantor Media, 2020; Penguin, 2018)

A native New Yorker, Heffner is a graduate of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts and Harvard. 

This event is sponsored by The Charles R. Lewis Lectureship in Political Science and The Robert and Mabel Groseclose Endowed Lecture Fund ​​​​​​.

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Wednesday, October 28 at 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Virtual Event
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General Public, Faculty, Staff, Students, Alumni


Academic, Social Sciences, Politics


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