Heitkamp, Schafer to address civility in politically tense times

The Lorentzsen Center for Faith and Work and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota & The Dakotas, with support from the Otto Bremer Trust, Oren and Sharron Steinfeldt Foundation, and the Interfaith Alliance of North Dakota proudly present "With Malice Toward None: A Conversation about Civility, the Common Good, and the Future of the American Dream."

This event, featuring former Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat, and former Gov. Ed Schafer, a Republican, will occur from 7 to 9 p.m. CDT Wednesday, April 3, in the Centrum, Knutson Campus Center, at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.

Americans today are feeling unprecedented tension in their workplaces, friendships, and homes. Society is often perceived as being trapped in a self-reinforcing cycle of tribalism, outrage, and mistrust, presenting significant challenges to effective leadership across both public and private sectors.

This event aims to address vital questions: How can people collaboratively work toward the common good amid deep societal divisions? How can people treat each other with respect and decency? What role can local and regional leaders play in a political landscape dominated by national issues? How can we enhance the trustworthiness of social, economic, and political institutions?

Heitkamp and Schafer, both known for their bipartisan efforts, will lead a moderated keynote discussion to reflect on these crucial questions, aiming to advance the common good. Their insights will provide valuable perspectives on navigating these complex challenges.

In addition to the public keynote addresses, the event will feature three invitation-only sessions where the speakers will engage with students, campus leadership, and local and regional leaders, fostering discussions on their particular challenges and aspirations.

Event Details: 

  • Date: April 3, 2024 

  • Time: 7 to 9 p.m. 

  • Venue: Knutson Campus Center Centrum at Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, and on Zoom

This event is open to the public, and we encourage attendees from diverse backgrounds to join us for an evening of thoughtful dialogue and learning. For more information or to register, please visit https://www.lorentzsencenter.com/