Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

Sept. 16, 2008

Whitworth Faculty to Explore National Political Dialogue in Sept. 30 Panel Discussion

With election season in full swing, Whitworth University's 2008 Dean's Dialogue will feature a faculty panel discussion on the national political dialogue on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. in the Robinson Teaching Theatre in Weyerhaeuser Hall. Admission is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-4263.

During the Sept. 30 dialogue, the panelists will address components of political discussions they find troubling or encouraging. The panelists will also share how they talk about politics with their family, friends, and the Whitworth campus community, and will describe how they handle disagreements with people who hold differing political views.

The panel will be composed of Associate Dean and Professor of Communication Studies Michael Ingram, Associate Professor of Education Sharon Mowry, Associate Professor of Mathematics Martha Gady, and Professor of Spanish Lindy Scott. Each faculty member will deliver a short opening statement, then Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty Michael Le Roy will moderate a panel discussion for 20 minutes. Following the discussion, the panelists will take questions from the audience for 20 minutes.

The purpose of the Dean's Dialogue is to provide a forum for Whitworth students and Spokane community members to consider important issues, to foster conversation that models civil discussion of differing perspectives, and to illustrate how people of faith can respectfully agree and disagree.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 2,600 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Contacts:

Julie Shanholtzer, Speakers and Artists Series and psychology department program assistant, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4263 or jshanholtzer@whitworth.edu.

Emily Proffitt, public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or eproffitt@whitworth.edu.

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