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Panel Discussion on Political Polarization Feb. 18 at WIU-QC

February 6, 2019

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MOLINE - The Communication Student Society (CSS) at Western Illinois University-Quad Cities will sponsor a panel discussion called "People First: Overcoming Political Polarization" at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18. The event is open to the public and will be held in Riverfront Hall, Rooms 103/104.

"This event is designed to elicit insight and advice from professionals who must routinely navigate the challenges of strong political opinions among clients, colleagues, and the general public," said Antonia Genisio, a Communication major from Bettendorf, Iowa and CSS vice president. "We have worked to include a variety of experts who can approach this timely topic from a number of angles."

Scheduled panelists include Ed Tibbetts, Quad-City Times editorial page editor; Alan Sivell, assistant professor of journalism at St. Ambrose University; and Matt Beck, WIU-QC assistant professor of counseling education; Tracy Leon, a union business agent with Teamsters Local 238; and Pastor Alex Turkmani of the First Baptist Church of Silvis. Moderator will be Chris Carpenter, WIU-QC associate professor of communication. The WIU-QC Psychology Club is a co-sponsor of the event.

The panel discussion will also be broadcast on the Macomb campus in Simpkins Hall, room 214.

For more information, contact Genisio at, or follow the event on Facebook.

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