Alexander Heffner, host ofThe Open Mindon PBS, was the featured speaker at the Rogers Leadership Forum in Hyde Chapel November 8. His topic: Civil Discourse in an Uncivil Age.
“It's critical to understand the bigotry in American discourse, the toxic climate of political rhetoric, and steps to correct this plague on our democracy,” Heffner said. “Together, as citizens, officeholders, journalists, and digital platforms, we must reverse the disunity.”
The Open Mindis a nationally broadcast public affairs interview program, the longest-running in the history of public television. Heffner’s grandfather, Richard Heffner, created the show and hosted until his death in December 2013.
The Rogers Leadership Forum is made possible by the King and Judy Rogers Endowment for Leadership Development. Judy and King Rogers, parents of King W. Rogers IV ’98, provided this endowment in 2000 to fund annual leadership development programs for MUS students.