Freeland Library to host presentation on political incivility

Cornell Clayton

Cornell Clayton

Author and lecturer Cornell Clayton will present “Political Incivility and Polarization in America” at 11 a.m. Feb. 17 at the Freeland Library, 5495 Harbor Ave.

This free event is sponsored by the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau and Sno-Isle Libraries.

Clayton will explore such questions as: Does political incivility threaten American democracy? Is there a correlation between political incivility and productivity? He will lead a discussion about the connections and what they mean; he will challenge assumptions about the relationship between civility and democratic participation and consider factors that contribute to political polarization.

Copies of the book “Civility and Democracy in America,” co-edited by Clayton, will be available for free to audience members, courtesy of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Clayton has been a visiting fellow and lecturer at institutes and universities around the world. He is the director of the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service at Washington State University, where he also serves as the Thomas S. Foley distinguished professor of government. He holds a doctorate of philosophy from Oxford University. Clayton currently serves as editor of Political Research Quarterly and as a Section Chair of the American Political Association.


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For more information, contact:

Tracy Miller, Library Associate II, Freeland Library, 360-331-7323,
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, 360-651-7081,