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Announcing the 2018-2019 Estlow Center Anvil of Freedom Lecturer: Alexander Heffner

Alexander HeffnerThe Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media is pleased to announce the 2018-2019 Anvil of Freedom Lecturer and Honoree. Alexander Heffner is a journalist, civic educator, author, and host of PBS's "The Open Mind." He is scheduled to give a lecture for students and other members of the DU community and the public. Mr. Heffner will be signing copies of his most recent book, A Documentary History of the United States, at a reception immediately following the lecture. Light refreshments will be served.

Alexander Heffner is host of "The Open Mind" on PBS. He has covered American politics, civic life, and Millennials since the 2008 presidential campaign. His work has been profiled in The Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Des Moines Register, Christian Science Monitor, Variety, Medium, and on NBC News, MSNBC, C-SPAN, NPR CNN, BBC, and ABC, among other media outlets. His writing has appeared in Time, USA TODAY, Daily Beast, Reuters, RealClearPolitics, NYT's Room for Debate, The Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, and Philadelphia Inquirer, among other publications. He is coauther of A Documentary History of the United States (Penguin, 2018). 

Civil Discourse in an Uncivil Age: The Quest for a Post-Partisan Citizenship
When: Monday, October 1, 2018
Where: The Anderson Academic Commons, Room 290
            The University of Denver
            2150 E. Evans Ave. 
            Denver, CO 80208
Lecture: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Reception and Book Signing: 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Please RSVP by Monday, September 24, 2018 at: 2018-2019 Estlow Center Anvil of Freedom Lecture

Can't make it to the event? Our partners at Rocky Mountain PBS will host a video of the lecture afterward at

Contact Emily Kintigh with questions at [email protected] or 303-871-2166.