Montana Public Radio

Repairing Public Discourse With 'On Being’s' Krista Tippett

Feb 16, 2018

Join us for a deep exploration of politics and civility at our Repairing Public Discourse event with "On Being’s" Krista Tippett, along with guests Sally Kohn and Erick Erickson - live on-stage Tuesday, March 20 at 7:00 p.m. in Missoula at the Dennison Theater on the UM Campus. Admission is free.

This special event will be about 90 minutes long and there will be time for audience Q & A, so bring your best questions. The conversation will be recorded, and if all goes well it may be edited for an episode of "On Being" or included in the Civil Conversations website archive

In 2016 during the lead up to the election for U.S. President, the University of Montana Mansfield Center's Ethics and Public Affairs program asked MTPR if we could help bring Krista Tippett to campus for a live event around the issue of politics and civility. Now, nearly two years later, that topic is perhaps even more relevant. And we are very happy to have made this "what if" a reality.

Guests Sally Kohn and Erick Erickson represent the opposite ends of the political spectrum, yet both have recently written books about how to be our best selves despite divergent views and beliefs. Krista Tippett's Civil Conversation Project endeavors to model a new approach to civil dialog.

This event is a joint project of the On Being Civil Conversations Project, Montana Public Radio and The University of Montana Mansfield Center's Ethics and Public Affairs program and The Project on American Democracy and Citizenship.

About The Speakers

Krista Tippett is a Peabody-award winning broadcaster, National Humanities Medalist, and New York Times bestselling author. She founded and leads The On Being Project, hosts the globally esteemed "On Being" public radio show and podcast, and curates the Civil Conversations Project, an emergent approach to conversation and relationship across the differences of our age. Krista grew up in a small town in Oklahoma, attended Brown University, became a journalist and diplomat in Cold War Berlin, and later received a Masters of Divinity from Yale University. Her books include "Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living," and "Einstein’s God: Conversations about Science and the Human Spirit."

Sally Kohn is one of the leading progressive voices in America today.  Sally is a CNN political commentator and columnist.  Before that, she was a Fox News contributor — and before that held a program fellowship at the Ford Foundation, helping to manage more than $15 million in annual grants to social justice organizations nationwide. Sally received a joint degree in law and public administration from New York University and was a Root Tilden public service scholar at the New York University School of Law. She is the author of the book "The Opposite Of Hate," and host of the podcast, State Of Resistance.

Erick Erickson is the host of Atlanta’s Evening News on WSB and Editor of The Resurgent. Erickson has been a contributor for both CNN and Fox News and The Atlantic named him one of the most influential conservative voices in America. He studied political science and history at Mercer University and earned a law degree at Walter F. George School of Law. He is currently working towards his Ph.D. in theology and is the author of the book Before You Wake: Life Lessons From A Father To His Children. Erickson lives with his family in Macon, Georgia.