Amy Goodman, award winning journalist, author and host of the public broadcast program Democracy Now!, will speak on "Grass-roots Democracy" at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24, in the Mitchell Auditorium on campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Her appearance is part of Making Democracy Work, a lecture series sponsored by the Alworth Center for the Study of Peace and Justice at St. Scholastica.
Goodman will speak about how resisters and grassroots movements exist in virtually every community in America. People in these movements, she notes, are busy defending democracy on their own front lines and making a difference. She pins her hopes on these people and believes that the viability of democracy in America depends on such "ordinary heroes."
Goodman is a syndicated columnist and author, as well as host of Democracy Now! The show airs daily on more than 1,000 radio and TV stations around the world and is the only public media program in the country that airs simultaneously on radio, satellite and cable television, and the Internet. She has won many of the most prestigious awards in journalism, including the George Polk Award, the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Prize for International Reporting. Together with her brother David Goodman, she is the author of "Standing up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times."
During the Making Democracy Work series, speakers have explored several sides to the issue of political polarization and its effect on the democratic process. These issues have included whether political gridlock is threatening democracy or whether party polarization will increase the public's interest and participation in politics.
The Alworth Center for the Study of Peace and Justice seeks to bridge social and political barriers to bring together people of all ages and philosophies to work toward the common goals of peace and justice. The public is invited to participate in Center activities and to utilize the resource center.
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