At noon on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, City Club of Corvallis will be presenting Politics on Edge, an event that will discuss how our current political climate may be impacting our daily lives. Violent outbursts, forceful threats, sexual abuse, fear, and deep distrust dominate social media and all find their way into the fabric of our communities.
How did these startling public displays end up in our neighborhoods’ usually courteous discourse? Are these negative behaviors limited, or do they represent more malignant social problems?
Panelists Jill McAllister, Unitarian-Universalist minister and adjunct professor in the School of History, Religion and Philosophy at OSU; Jana Svoboda, licensed clinical therapist; and Dan Faltesek, New Media Communications assistant professor at OSU, will discuss the political use of social media and how it might affect our future disagreements or direction.
Tuesday’s meeting at the Corvallis Boys & Girls Club at 1112 NW Circle is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. and the event is expected to conclude around 1:15 p.m. Catered lunch is available for $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers; lunch should be reserved before Friday, Nov. 4.
By Matthew Hunt