Published: April 27, 2018
U.S. capitol building

Opportunities to reflect on the enthusiasm for political dispute and ill temper that has possessed the nation are rare enough, and opportunities to pursue these reflections in the company of two temperate, attentive and funny commentators are rarer still.

Those seeking perspective on the dynamics of today’s conflict, polarization, and incivility have every reason to attend “The New Normal: Conflict, Polarization, and Incivility,” presented by Center of the American West on May 2. The event will feature Denver-based political commentator Eric Sondermann in conversation with the center’s Faculty Director Patty Limerick.

If you go

Who: Open to the public
What: “The New Normal: Conflict, Polarization, and Incivility”
When: Wednesday, May 2, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Eaton Humanities, room 1B50

Sondermann is a high-profile political commentator, writer, pundit, civic leader, entrepreneur and consultant. A laundry list of media outlets across the state and nation regularly call upon Sondermann as a go-to source of independent political insight. Respected for his candor, his independent thinking and his ability to distinguish analysis from spin, Sondermann will take part in a conversation almost guaranteed to be lively and memorable.

Sondermann and Limerick will share their distinctive impressions and understandings of our political moment, providing keen insight, as well as (now and then) opportunities for optimism.

“I have long wished for the privilege of having Eric Sondermann as a partner in a sustained conversation,” Patty Limerick said, “and I am very happy that this wish is finally delivering results.”

Sondermann is also a regular panelist on the weekly Colorado Inside Out program on Colorado Public Television and co-hosts the Colorado Decides political debate series. More than two decades ago, he founded the well-respected media and public affairs consulting firm SE2. In 2014, he sold his interest to his long-time business partners to devote his next chapter to these pursuits in addition to some high-level strategic consulting on a handful of public policy issues.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit Center of the American West online or call 303-492-4879.