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Congressman John Yarmuth, Secretary of State Trey Grayson to Participate in Bipartisan Forum on Tone of Public Discourse

(Louisville, KY) On Monday, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) will join Secretary of State Trey Grayson and University of Louisville Political Science professor Jasmine Farrier for a panel discussion entitled “Do Words Matter in Political Discourse? A Community Discussion.”


In the aftermath of the violence in Tucson, Arizona that claimed six lives and injured 12 others – including Congresswoman Gabriel Giffords (AZ-8) – Grayson and Yarmuth began discussions about the necessity of returning civility to public discourse. Both Grayson and Yarmuth are close friends and colleagues of Giffords. Congresswoman Giffords corresponded with Grayson shortly before she was attacked about toning down political rhetoric, while Yarmuth and Giffords collaborated often and met weekly as members of the Congress’ 2006 class.


In collaboration with the University of Louisville – the sponsors of this event – both will join with Farrier for a conversation about the state of political rhetoric.


The event is open to the public. UofL media relations director Mark Hebert will moderate the forum and field questions from attendees.  The event begins at noon in Bigelow Hall, Miller Information Technology Center. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Free public parking for the event will be available in the “P” lot on Floyd Street next to the railroad tracks and across the street from the football practice field (for a map, see A round-trip shuttle will operate between the parking lot and Bigelow Hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


The forum will also be streamed live on the web at: mms://livestream.louisvilleedu/remotelive


WHEN:                Monday,  at 12:00 PM


WHERE:             Bigelow Hall, Miller Information Technology Center, University of Louisville



        Congressman John Yarmuth

                                Secretary of State Trey Grayson

                                Mark Hebert, Director of Media Relations, University of Louisville

                                Dr. Jasmine Farrier, Professor of Political Science, University of Louisville