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SCC Hosts Special Lecture: "I'm Right and You're an Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean It Up"

May 5, 2017
By: 
Jenn Maxwell

"The most pressing environmental problem we face today is not climate change. It is pollution in the public square, where a smog of adversarial rhetoric, propaganda, and polarization stifles discussion and debate, creating resistance to change and thwarting our ability to solve our collective problems."

So begins James Hoggan’s argument in his provocative and inspiring book of the foregoing title and his recent special lecture at Royal Roads on May 1, grounding what promises to be a provocative and inspiring discussion. Drawing on his interviews with leading thinkers like George Lakoff, Bruno Latour, Noam Chomsky and the Dalai Lama, Jim advocates for infusing and reframing our public conversations with empathy, intelligence and positive values to engage audiences and motivate action towards addressing major challenges of the world today.

Over three decades, James Hoggan has developed a reputation as the guy to call in a public relations crisis. As president of Hoggan & Associates he has become a globally renowned advocate for honesty, ethics and integrity in public discourse. He is the author of three books, Do the Right Thing: PR Tips for Skeptical Public (2009)Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming (2009), and I’m Right and You’re an Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean It Up (2016). He founded the influential website DeSmogBlog, chosen as one of Time Magazine’s Best Blogs in 2011.