The Aldea community continues the series this week: Civility: Finding the common good in a fragmented world. Today explore a conversation with Robert Boatright. We consider what it means to be a civil society, the role of incivility, the affects of social media, the influence of extreme viewpoints, and the elements that make up a civil society.
I am a professor of political science at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. I teach courses on American political behavior, political parties, campaigns and elections, interest groups, political participation, and political theory. I am chairing the department through 2021. In addition to my work at Clark, I am also the director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse Research Network at the University of Arizona.
I have taught at Clark since 2005. Before that, I taught at Swarthmore College and I worked as a research fellow at the Campaign Finance Institute, as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, and as a research associate at the American Judicature Society. I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, received my B.A from Carleton College, and received my Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. In addition to my work at Clark, I am also the director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse Research Network at the University of Arizona.
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There are both audio and video versions of the conversation. The audio conversation can be listened to in its entirety by clicking the audio file (at the bottom of this page) or on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. The video version is separated into three videos: a guided meditation (this is not on the audio version), the main conversation, and an After-Cast that augments the main conversation with more insights to explore.
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