2023 Tuesdays-in-March Lecture Series


- A Luncheon / Lecture Series -
Sponsored by the

Peace and International Issues Committee
of the

Democracy in Peril
March 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2023
11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee – a Unitarian Universalist Congregation
1342 N. Astor St., Milwaukee

$70.00 - series of four
$20.00 - individual sessions
$20 Remote Access for all sessions

Includes a simple buffet-style primarily vegetarian meal

March 7, 2023 - Professor Amber Wichowsky - What should we do? The promise of civic dialogue
There is a growing interest in finding ways to connect people across the political divide.  But can civic dialogue help depolarize the electorate?  Increase social trust and civic cooperation?  Improve our abilities to solve public problems?  Amber Wichowsky is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Marquette Civic Dialogues Program.  She will discuss best practices in democratic deliberation and research on the impacts of civic dialogue initiative.

March 14, 2023 - Philip Chard - Inside the Political Mind: An exploration of new insights into why people embrace conspiracy theories, believe obvious lies, and trust like-minded information sources without scrutiny or fact checking.  Philip Chard is a practicing psychotherapist, trainer, and award-willing author and newspaper columnist. He retired in 2019 after 32 years as president and CEO of Empathia, Inc., a behavioral services firm providing health, safety, and productivity solutions for over 400 organizations across North America.

March 21, 2023 - James Santelle - Peril in the Supreme Court: The Major Cases Challenging our Republic.  James Santelle served more that 30-years as a criminal prosecutor and civil litigator with the United States Department of Justice, including over six years as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.  During his tenure, her served in both Washington D.C. and Milwaukee, working directly with former Attorneys General Janet Reno and Eric Holder among others.

March 28, 2023 – Lee Hawkins - Through the Ages: Weaponizing Religion, for the good and bad, in the name of Democracy.   Lee Hawkins is a special correspondent for American Public Media and a former reporter at The Wall Street Journal. In 2021, he received the Adam Clayton Powell Reporting Award from the New York Association of Black Journalists and was a finalist for the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism. He is a four-time winner of the National Association of Black Journalists’ "Salute to Excellence" Award. His forthcoming book is titled, Nobody’s Slave: How Uncovering My Family's History Set Me Free (HarperCollins 2023).

* We know parking can be a hassle. There is a HOP stop right at the corner of First U (Ogden & Astor).
It’s free to ride! Check out your options for parking elsewhere and “hopping” on at thehopmke.com.


Please respond by Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Sessions will be presented online via Zoom.

3 Payment Options

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