October 13, 2022
7:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m. ET
Christopher Beem discussed how we can help combat polarization and improve our democratic culture. This event was organized by the Network for Responsible Public Policy.
CHRISTOPHER BEEM (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is the managing director of the McCourtney Institute for Democracy at Penn State. He joined the Institute in 2015 after working in philanthropy and non-profit social services. He is the author or co-editor of five books, including The Necessity of Politics (University of Chicago Press) and Democratic Humility: Reinhold Niebuhr, Neuroscience and America’s Political Crisis (Lexington Books, 2015). His next book, expected in 2022, is entitled Democratic Vice, Democratic Virtues.
PAM FESSLER was an editor and correspondent at NPR News for more than 28 years. As a correspondent on the National Desk, she covered voting issues, poverty, and philanthropy. For much of her time at NPR, Fessler reported on elections and voting, including efforts to make voting more accessible, accurate, and secure. She did countless stories on everything from the debate over state voter laws to Russian hacking attempts and the impact of misinformation. Fessler also covered homelessness, hunger, affordable housing, and income inequality. She reported on efforts by non-profit groups, the government, and others to reduce poverty and how those programs worked. Her poverty reporting was recognized with a 2011 First Place National Headliner Award.
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