Trust Me! Civil Discussion and Information in a Polarized Age

The First Amendment affords citizens enormous liberties. But what about ideas that seek to undermine our democracy? Justice Louis Brandeis argued that even "noxious doctrines" deserve constitutional protection. We believe that the cure for anti-democratic ideas is a robust public debate. Nowadays, a fragmented media landscape makes it harder to find a public big enough to dilute dangerous ideas. Fewer schools teach debate, which leaves the next generation of citizens unprepared to challenge toxic dogma. Join our conversation about the practical strategies of journalists and Gen Z citizens as they confront the noxious doctrines in current American politics. We'll hear from a newspaper publisher, a professional journalist, and two Keene State College students about how we can make space for bad faith ideas without losing faith in our democracy.

Cost is $15 per person and includes appetizers and one beverage (beer, wine, or non-alcoholic drink) in the relaxed atmosphere of Modestman Brewing in downtown Keene.

Panelists: Cathleen Klem, Tom Ewing, Danielle Dexter, Paul Cuno-Booth

Moderator: Meg Mott, Ph.D.

Event Details


Monday, June 13, 2022 6:00pm


Modestman Brewing
100 Main Street
Keene NH 03431

Hosted By:

New Hampshire Humanities

Contact Info:

Catherine Winters, Ph.D.,