Whitworth hosting PBS host Alexander Heffner at speaker series

Alexander Heffner
Credit: Whitworth University

SPOKANE, Wash. — Whitworth University will be welcoming PBS Host and Bestselling Co-Author Alexander Heffner later this week.

Heffner will be talking as part of an event being put on by Whitworth’s English and history departments, along with Speakers & Artists.

The host of “The Open Mind” and co-author of A Documentary History of the United States will talk about the state of democracy in the country along with the effects of divisiveness on discourse, campaigns and governance. He will also talk about the influence of new media, misinformation and filter bubbles which separates Americans.

“His visit will appeal to students and community members across a range of disciplinary perspectives,” Emerson says. “It will add a new dimension to Whitworth University’s ongoing conversations about civil discourse.”

Heffner has covered American culture, politics and civic life since the 2008 presidential election. His grandfather, Richard Heffner, co-authored the book and created and first hosted “The Open Mind.”

Heffner will also talk about the 11th edition of A Documentary History of the United States, which has an updated chapter on the COVID-19 pandemic and the January 6 attack on the Capitol.

The event is free and open to everyone. It will take place on October 5 in the Weyerhaeuser Hall’s Robinson Teaching Theatre at Whitworth.

You can learn more about Heffner here.

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