Susan Herbst is Professor of Public Policy at Georgia Tech, and Chief Academic Officer of The University System of Georgia. She is author of many books and articles on American politics including Numbered Voices: How Opinion Polling Has Shaped American Politics, Politics at the Margin, and Reading Public Opinion: Political Actors View the Democratic Process. Previously, she was acting president and Provost of the State University of New York at Albany, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University, and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University.
Acknowledgements 1. The Powerful-if Elusive-Nature of Civility 2. Sarah Palin and Her Publics 3. Barack Obama, Difference, and Civility 4. Our Future Leaders: College Students and Political Argument 5. Conclusion: Civility, Communication, and a Culture of Argument Appendix I: Transcript of President Barack Obama's Commencement Address, University of Notre Dame, May 17, 2009 Appendix II: University System of Georgia Survey on Student Speech and Discussion Notes Bibliography Index