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I'm Right and You're an Idiot

10:45AM to 12:15PM May 1, 2017
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Centre for Dialogue (Learning and Innovation Centre, 4th floor)
James Hoggan

The Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication program proudly presents: Author and PR pro James Hoggan

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

”The most pressing problem we face today may not be climate change, but the pollution of the public square, we’re a small group propaganda, adversarial rhetoric, and polarization is stifling discussion and debate, creating resistance to change and the working 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 upcoming special lecture at Royal Roads, 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.

For more information, please contact Glendora Scarfone, Louise Baxfield or Geo Takash.

Photo credit: hoggan.com