Monday, October 15, 2018

Democracy & the Informed Citizen

6:30am - 8:30pm
Location: Pamela Brown Auditorium at Actors Theatre of Louisville
Address: 316 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202
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Kentucky Humanities will present Democracy & the Informed Citizen, the third in a series of five community discussions on the importance of journalism in maintaining democracy, on October 15 at 6:30 pm ET at the Pamela Brown Auditorium at Actors Theatre of Louisville. This community event is sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. This event is free and open to the public. Panelists for the discussion are Dr. Conor Picken, assistant professor of English at Bellarmine University; Al Cross, of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues at the University of Kentucky; and Jerry Abramson, Executive in Residence at Spalding University and former Louisville mayor. Stephen George, president of Louisville Public Media, will moderate the discussion. The evening will begin with a reading of cuttings from the stage adaptation of Robert Penn Warren’s "All the King’s Men" featuring local actors. Following the reading, the panelists will engage the audience in a discussion about the critical role of journalism in maintaining democracy and an informed citizenry, using Warren’s classic novel as a jumping-off point. Democracy & the Informed Citizen is part of Kentucky Humanities’ Kentucky Reads: "All the King’s Men," an initiative using Robert Penn Warren’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel to guide a statewide conversation on contemporary populism and political discourse, and their relationship to journalism. Kentucky Reads: "All the King’s Men" is part of the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” Initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils. The initiative seeks to deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed citizenry. We thank the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.

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