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Faculty Development Luncheon

The Department of Writing and Rhetoric, the Center for Inclusion and  Cross-Cultural Engagement, and the Center Excellence in Teaching and Learning

invite you to meet

Alexander Heffner (Host, Open Mind)


Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019 | Location: CME, Room 3000

Lunch begins at 11:45 a.m.; presentation begins promptly at 12:00 p.m.

Please RSVP online by Tuesday, March  19, 2019.

If you have questions or require assistance, please email CETL at or call 662-915-1391.

Alexander Heffner is the host of the longest-running PBS program, The Open Mind.  The Department of Writing and Rhetoric and the Center for Inclusion and  Cross-Cultural Engagement are co-sponsoring his three-day visit, which will include a Faculty Development Luncheon and culminate in a public lecture in Fulton Chapel on Thursday, March 21, titled “Civil Discourse in an Uncivil Age.”

Alexander Heffner was a special correspondent for PBS’s Need to Know chronicling the Millennial vote in 2012. He founded and edited SCOOP08 and SCOOP44, the first-ever national student newspapers covering the 2008 campaign and the Obama administration, and taught a civic education/journalism seminar in New York City public school classrooms.

His writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, USA Today, Newsday and RealClearPolitics, among other leading newspapers and magazines. He has been interviewed about politics, education and stories in the news by PBS, C-SPAN, CNN and the BBC, among other national and local broadcast venues. He was political director and correspondent for WHRB 95.3 FM and host and managing editor of The Political Arena, a Sunday afternoon public affairs broadcast.

Heffner has given talks and moderated panels at major universities and colleges across the country.The Open Mind, hosted weekly by Alexander Heffner, is a thoughtful excursion into the world of ideas across politics, media, technology, the arts and all realms of civic life. In the 2016-17 season, the program celebrated its 60th anniversary. The Washington Post calls the weekly half-hour broadcast “[a] radical approach to TV talk in a troubled time.”