Westminster hosts discussion on civility in politics and public life with local leaders

Westminster College hosts a discussion entitled “Civility in Politics and Public Life” with Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox (Republican) and Salt Lake County Mayor and candidate for Utah’s 4th Congressional District Ben McAdams (Democrat) on November 2, at 7 p.m., in the Vieve Gore Concert Hall.

The discussion will be moderated by Natalie Gochnour, director of the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah and chief economist for the Salt Lake Chamber.

The American public is witnessing an erosion of civility — a problem that is particularly pronounced in the political realm where the two major parties can’t even seem to speak to each other, let alone collaborate on meaningful bipartisan legislation to better our country.

“The goal of this evening’s event is to investigate the sources of these problems, highlight some possible solutions, and inspire young people, in particular, to consider public service as a noble goal that is still worth pursuing,” said Richard Badenhausen, Ph.D., dean of the new Honors College. “This event will bring together local leaders from both parties to engage in a free-flowing, civil conversation.”

The event is free and open to the public, and is part of Westminster’s Honors College seminar series. No tickets are required. Follow-up commentary to the conversation will be offered by Kem Gardner, founder and CEO of the Gardner Company; Holly Mullen, communications and engagement manager for Salt Lake City’s Department of Public Utilities; and Roger Livingston, former senior advisor and counsel to U.S. Senator Orrin G. Hatch and a former judge for the Third District Court, Utah.