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A series inviting the people of the United States to deliberate together about the ingredients necessary for civic bridge building, reviving civic knowledge and civic participation, and engaging in institutional renewal. Citizenship and Civic Leadership in America is the latest season of "The Civic Discourse Project", an annual lecture series designed to bring top minds to Arizona State University to discuss the most pressing issues of our time. 

The series will be aired on PBS Arizona, as well. Watch previous episodes of The Civic Discourse Project here

America today is characterized by deep and accelerating inequality; unprecedented political polarization; vitriolic public discourse; a fraying social fabric; public and private narcissism — Americans today seem to agree on only one thing: This is the worst of times. Harvard University professor and author of "Bowling Alone" Robert Putnam will discuss today's polarized times and how they relate to previous eras in the United States of America. This event is free and open to the public, and a reception will immediately follow.  

September 25 at 5 p.m. | Old Main, Carson Ballroom


What is the role of the media in the renewal of our understanding of ourselves as citizens and participants in the American political order? What is the responsibility of the media in the promotion of civic literacy? David Leonhardt and Ramesh Ponnuru will discuss the role of the media in elevating civic literacy in a way that contributes to informed active citizenship. This event is free and open to the public, and a reception will follow. 

 October 7 at 5 p.m. | Old Main, Carson Ballroom


Reihan Salam Tomas Jimenez

Immigration has played an important role in almost every era in U.S. history, but it is often at the center of contentious political and economic debate. What does it mean to “become an American?” What responsibilities do new immigrants have to their newly adopted country? Reihan Salam and Tomás Jiménez will discuss the importance of civic integration for new immigrants to the United States and why it is necessary for both the new American and his or her new country.

October 30 at 5 p.m. | Memorial Union, Room 220


What happens when a campaign is over?  Daniel Scarpinato of the Ducey for Governor campaign, and Sarah Elliott of the Garcia Campaign, will share what they learned during the campaign and what they discussed after the dust of the campaign had settled. The panel will be co-moderated by The Arizona Republic's Maria Polletta, who covered the 2018 gubernatorial race and currently covers state politics. 

November 5 at 5 p.m. | Memorial Union, Alumni Lounge