CGU students to participate in National Forum on Civility and Democracy

Published on Monday, February 13, 2012

Photo of Claremont Graduate University's delegates to the National Forum on Civility and Democracy

Whether it is the performance of candidates in a debate, the analysis of political pundits, or the strategic decisions for TV ad buys by campaigns, the civility of our political conversation in America is a growing concern for our democratic process. 

As a founding partner of the National Forum on Civility and Democracy, 18 student delegates from Claremont Graduate University (CGU) will participate in the Feb. 17, 2012 National Forum.

 “This is a great opportunity for CGU students to weigh in on this national issue," said Tom Horan, National Forum advisory member and dean of CGU's School of Information Systems and Technology. “I am pleased to be working with the School of Politics and Economics (SPE) as well as the Transdisciplinary Program to facilitate such a dialogue here at CGU.”

Led by SPE Doctoral Candidate Katy Arnn, the CGU delegates will convene on three occasions to discuss and inform the discourse on civility and democracy and contribute to online discussions sponsored by the conference. On the day of the National Forum, CGU will participate remotely with other partner schools (Texas A&M, New York University, University of Alaska, and Colby College) as the event is hosted in Boston by the University of Massachusetts. 

Featured speakers include Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Ellen Goodman, political columnist/Author Joe Klein, Harvard Professor Jill Lepore, and James Leach, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 “This is exactly the kind of transdisciplinary examination that we would like our students to be engaged in,” said SPE Dean Jean Schroedel. “We are delighted to be a part of this important national conversation.”

Student delegates include: Michael Hoffpauir, Ryan Williams, Lindsay Eberhardt, Benjamin Judge, Melissa Mahoney, Will Jakes, Chris Wolfe, Brad Jensen, Robert Garrow, Sarah Mallams, Kurt Keilhacker, Brandon Dabling, Trevor Shunk, Kenneth Leonardo, Artour Aslanian, Lucas Mather, and Guy Burnett.

CGU students are welcome to join the delegates for the forum on Feb. 17. They will meet from 9 a.m. to noon in Room 14 of the Burkle Building, 1021 N. Dartmouth Ave.

More information:, or e-mail Katy Arnn at