April 7, 2018

Featured Speaker

John Nichols

"It's Not Trump:  Our Political Crisis Did Not Begin with this President"

Author and journalist, John Nichols has written and co-written a series of books on media and democracy and the challenge of the future. Nichols is a contributing writer for The Progressive and In These Times and the associate editor of the Capital Times. His articles have appeared in The New York TimesChicago Tribune, and dozens of other newspapers. Nichols is a frequent guest on radio and television programs as a commentator on politics and media issues. His remarks to the Civics Club will extend from his recent lectures in Europe on the next economy and the next politics.




Youth Grants

 Applications for Youth Grant awards are accepted throughout the season. Please see our Youth Grants page for application and deadline information.

Public Affairs Speaker

Michael Xenos

Michael Xenos is a Communication Arts professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Arts, and also an affiliate faculty member in Life Sciences Communication. His research and teaching interests are centered on the effects of new media on political engagement and public deliberation.

His primary focus is on the extent to which the internet and social media may help individuals learn about political issues, form opinions, and participate in politics. He is also interested in the ways that political candidates, journalists, and other political actors adapt to changes in information and communication technologies — and how these adaptations affect broader dynamics of political communication and public deliberation.

Michael Xenos' staff page


Thanks to the Madison Public Library for compiling this list of resources for those who would like to read more on this topic. 

Dionne, E.J. One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2017.

Levin, Yuval. The Fractured Republic: Renewing America’s Social Contract in the Age of Individualism. New York: Basic Books, 2016.

Lott, Trent, Thomas Daschle, and Jon Sternfeld. Crisis Point: Why Must--And How We Can—Overcome Our Broken Politics in Washington and Across America. New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2016.

Nichols, Jon and Robert Waterman McChesney. Dollarocracy: How the Money-and-Media Election Complex is Destroying America. New York: Nation Books, 2012.

Panagopoulos, Costas and Aaron C. Weinschenk. A Citizen’s Guide to U.S. Elections: Empowering Democracy in America. New York: Routledge, 2016.

Sykes, Charles J. How the Right Lost Its Mind. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2017.

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