Group to discuss how to have polite politics

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WALLA WALLA — In the spirit of the electoral season and with an eye to improving political discourse, the Walla Walla Diversity Coalition’s theme for Freedom From Discrimination Month is respect for civil discourse amid diverse political thought.

The coalition, in cooperation with Whitman College’s Intercultural Center and the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, will hold a panel discussion on promoting polite politics, “The Future of American Politics: Civility vs. Gridlock,“ at 7 p.m. on Oct. 29 in the Reid Center Ballroom, Whitman College. It is free and open to the public.

The discussion will include the role of government from a variety of political perspectives, how to create a safe and polite environment for political conversations and how to address political apathy and cynicism.

Steve Rubin, chair of the coalition, will moderate the panel. Before the discussion, Professor David Schmitz, chair of the history department at Whitman College, will deliver a brief history of U.S. political parties.

The coalition hopes the discussion will help create a model of civil discourse.

Following the discussion, refreshments will be provided as well as an opportunity for audience members to talk with the panelists.

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