This is what democracy looks like

The Fitzwater Center is doing some fabulous work engaging students in conversations about the First Amendment and the health of our democracy.

Granite State high schoolers will be participating in “The Fitzwater Forum: This is What Democracy Looks Like” on Wednesday, May 31, from 10-11 am.  The live webcast can be found at

Moderator Adam Theriault, a media arts teacher at Souhegan High School, will lead the discussion with Franklin Pierce University faculty.  Panelists include: Dr. Christina Cliff, assistant professor of political science; Prof. Paul O. Jenkins, university librarian; Dr. Mary Kelly, professor of history; and Dr. Allan Rachlin, associate professor of sociology.

This crucial conversation continues one started at the “Fitzwater Forum: Civility in Presidential Election Discourse,” co-sponsored with the Newseum in Washington, D.C., just before the 2016 Presidential Election.

“A citizenry engaged in politics and civic life is one of the hallmarks of a strong democracy,” said Dr. Kristen D. Nevious, director of The Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication. “One way Americans engage is through our proud tradition of robust political discourse, which is facilitated by the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of religion, speech and press as well as to protest and to petition for redress of grievances.  The resulting marketplace of ideas can be loud and raucous, but we must trust that truth will win out.”

The public is invited to join this conversation in the Fitzwater Center studios on the Franklin Pierce University Rindge campus, or via email.  Questions and comments can be submitted to:

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