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SAGE Panel on our Current Political Climate and Political Discourse

February 18, 2020 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am

Join us for a panel featuring Jack Miller, a political science professor at Portland State University, and Rebecca Tweed, a top political strategist with over a decade of experience on state and local campaigns. Together they will examine the current political climate and discuss ways of promoting a healthy political discourse. They will seek to explain how political polarization breeds distrust, disengagement, and a retreat into opposing political echo chambers, and they will explore ideas for changing the way we practice and talk about politics from across the political divide.

From their different vantage points, Miller and Tweed will elaborate on their ideas about reducing polarization and moving our communities in a direction of a healthy interaction and engagement. They share a commitment to helping Americans with different ideologies learn to work together on common concerns and shared goals, even as they may disagree about what solutions to employ. The event concludes with audience questions and a brief discussion about how political divisiveness affects us personally, how we may have more in common than we think, and what each of us can do to promote a healthier political discourse.

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Special thanks to the PSU Political Science Department for co-sponsoring this special event.

About our Panelists

For nearly 15 years, Rebecca Tweed has been a top political strategist in Oregon having worked on more than 50 political campaigns for local government, legislative and statewide candidates, plus county and statewide ballot measures. Rebecca runs her own political consulting firm, Tweed Strategies and she is on the Board of Governors for the City Club of Portland. In 2015, she was selected by Portland Monthly as one of the “10 Amazing Women Changing Oregon” and in 2017, was named a “40 under 40 Rising Star” by the American Association of Political Consultants.

Jack Miller has been teaching political philosophy and American politics for nearly 30 years. He is a professor of political science at Portland State University, host and producer of The Pothole Problem Podcast, and author of 1994, a novel of politics (2019).


This event is sponsored by the SAGE Citizen Project, our series of conversations on bridging intense political divides in order to address the major challenges facing future generations.


February 18, 2020
7:30 am - 9:30 am
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Portland State University Parson’s Gallery
Urban Center Building, 506 SW Mill Street, Level 2 
Portland, OR 97201 United States
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