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Newnham joins HECBC discussion “The Digital Agora: Debate in the Age of Facebook

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Dr. Randall Newnham

Dr. Randall Newnham, Professor of Political Science, will join faculty members from the four other colleges and universities in Berks County for a panel discussion titled “The Digital Agora: Debate in the Age of Facebook” on Monday, November 14, 2011, from 6–8 p.m. at Reading Area Community College’s Schmidt Training and Technology Center. This event is free and open to the public.

According to the web site, “The much prized democratic deliberation that contributes to the West’s sense of self has ancient roots in a concept familiar to twenty-first century minds: the marketplace of ideas. Our culture's political and academic institutions emerged from the agora, the communal space of ancient Greece that melded political and commercial activity. Therein goods—both physical and mental—were exchanged. Though this marketplace endures as a critical cultural concept, the medium of that civic discourse has changed radically, especially in the last five years. Today’s ideas are exchanged on mobile devices via social media with a speed and democratic equality unimaginable for the minds meeting in the ancient agora… the medieval tavern . . . the eighteenth-century coffee house.”

This event is sponsored by the Higher Education Council of Berks County (HECBC), a consortium of the five Berks County colleges and universities: Albright College, Alvernia University, Kutztown University, Penn State Berks, and Reading Area Community College. These institutions of higher education are committed to working together for educational, financial, and community interests.

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