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Democracy and the Informed Citizen

September 22, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Our Democracy and the Informed Citizen initiative seeks to deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed society.

On September 22nd, 2020 we are hosting “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” virtually. This program is made possible by the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and is administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils.

Our goal for this program is to deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the intimate connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed citizenry; based on; that a healthy democracy requires informed citizenry, the humanities and journalism play a vital role in fostering an informed citizenry, and informed citizens are media literate.

We hope this program increases civic engagement by providing you the access to civil discussions with Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists in journalism, other respected journalists, and scholars about reliable and unreliable sources of information.

Democracy and the Informed Citizen will cover;

  • The abilities and limitations of columnists to shape public opinion
  • The historical, ethical, and constitutional foundations of a free press
  • The shifting media landscape and how it affects our ability to access information, assess its creditability, and analyze its significance
  • The role media plays in electoral politics and the 2020 election, in particular
  • The media and polarization in America
  • Current topics covered by columnists and in the news

Event Schedule -

7:00 PM – Introduction and Welcome
7:10 PM – Panel Discussion
8:00 PM – Questions and Answers
8:20 PM – Closing Remarks

In Partnership With -

In partnership with the University of Missouri (UM) System, we will deliver a major public program, virtually through Zoom or a similar platform, on September 22, 2020 from 7-8:30pm. The panel discussion will explore the critical role the humanities and journalism play in shaping the judgements and opinions of citizens in a democratic society. In advance of the 2020 presidential election, the partners will bring together University students with rural and urban viewers from across the Show Me State, remotely. MH and UM will unite an ideologically diverse crowd around the importance of quality journalism in support of an informed citizenry and a healthy democracy. 

The program will feature a conversation between Michael Gerson, a nationally syndicated columnist; Tony Messenger, reporter and columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch; and Ruby Bailey, Executive Editor at the Columbia Missourian and Missouri Community Newspaper Management Chair at the Missouri School of Journalism.  


September 22, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Event Category:


Zoom Webinar


Ashley Beard-Fosnow