The Un-Civil War: What Has Happened to Our Politics, and How Can We Move Forward?

This conference brings together thought leaders, experts, and academics from politics, polling, cognitive science, tech,  and journalism to advance a bipartisan conversation about civil discourse in modern American politics.

WATCH the Facebook LiveStreamed panel “Technology, Social Media, and the Forces that Move Them” 

Can attendees think differently about their own entrenched beliefs and open a conversation about shared values in American culture and the civil ways in which we can agree to disagree?

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
USC’s Town and Gown | 665 Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90089

The Mixed History of Civility in the American Public Square | 9:15 – 10:45 AM

Moderated by Morris Levy, Assistant Professor of Political Science, USC Dornsife
Todd Purdum, Former White House correspondent for The New York Times
Peter Mancall, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Humanities, Linda and Harlan Martens Director of the Early Modern Studies Institute, Professor of History and Anthropology
Mickey Kantor, American politician and lawyer, United States Secretary of Commerce.

Political Rhetoric and Why Ideology Trumps Facts | 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Moderated by Jeb Barnes, Professor of Political Science. USC Dornsife
George Lakoff, American cognitive linguist and philosopher
Mike Murphy, Republican Campaign Strategist
Bill Burton, Managing Director, SKDKnickerbocker
Margaret Gatz, USC Professor of Psychology


Technology, Social Media, and the Forces that Move Them | 1:30 – 3:00 PM

Moderated by Laura Davis, Assistant Professor; Digital News Director of the USC Annenberg Media Center
Ravi Iyer, Executive Director of Civil Politics
Marty Kaplan, Professor at USC Annenberg
Carla Marinucci, POLITICO’s California Playbook reporter

Media Wars and Culture Wars | 3:15 – 4:45 PM

Jim Rutenberg, Media Columnist and former political correspondent for The New York Times
Nick Goldberg, Editorial Page Editor, Los Angeles Times
Brian Calle, Vice President of Opinion for the Southern California News Group