There's an abundance of research to suggest that American politics is getting nastier, fueled by a thriving array of talk radio shows, blogs, television news, and pundit programs that push partisanship to the extreme. Is the "us versus them," "my way or the highway" mentality working it's way into Maine politics? The Goldfarb Center has teamed-up with the Maine Council of Churches to offer a panel discussion that will look at the state of civility in politics in Maine. Daniel Shea, director of Colby College's Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement Director and Professor of Government, will moderate.
Ethan Strimling, former Democratic state senator and executive director of Learning Works
Rachel Talbot-Ross, president of the Portland Chapter of the NAACP
Heidi Shott, canon for communications and social justice for the Episcopal Diocese of Maine
Michael Franz, associate professor of government and legal studies at Bowdoin College
Carroll Conley, executive director of the Christian Civic League of Maine