2016 Munro Seminar for Civic Education

2016 Munro Seminar for Civic Education, November 14-16

Danny Hayes stands in front of curtain and projector with slide on screenNovember 14, "The Role of the Media in The Presidential Campaign"

Keynote Address by Danny Hayes

Professor Danny Hayes of George Washington University gave the keynote address for the 2016 Munro Seminar for Civic Education.  His talk, "The Role of the Media in The Presidential Campaign", was held on Monday, November 14 at 7 pm at Mount Baker Theatre in the Harold and Irene Walton Theatre.  Professor Hayes teaches courses on American politics, political communication, and political behavior. A former journalist, his research focuses on how information from the media and other political actors influences the public. He is the co-author of Influence from Abroad: Foreign Voices, the Media, and U.S. Public Opinion (Cambridge University Press, 2013). His work has been supported by the National Science Foundation and has appeared in the American Journal of Political ScienceJournal of PoliticsPolitical BehaviorPolitical Communication, and Politics & Gender, among other outlets. He contributes to the Washington Post's blog The Monkey Cage. In 2014 and 2015, The Hatchet named him GW's best professor.


10 to 12 individuals sit around table talking

WWU President Randhawa stands in group with three other conference attendees

November 15, Panel Presentations

1:15-2:30 Money in Politics and Campaign Finance

Moderator: Paul Dunn, Senior Executive Assistant to President, WWU

  • Alan Durning, Executive Director, Sightline Institute
  • Todd Donovan, Whatcom County Council, Political Science Department, WWU
  • Dann Smith, President of the Washington Policy Center, WWU alumnus


3:00-4:15 Media, Elections and Public Perception

Moderator: Karen Stout, Director, Karen Morse Leadership Institute, Communication Studies Department, WWU

  • Emily Parkhurst, Editor-in-Chief, Puget Sound Business Journal
  • Joel Connelly, Columnist, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
  • Peggy Watt, Journalism Department, WWU


November 16, Panel Presentations

1:15-2:30 The Homelessness CrisisMunro Director Vernon Johnson and Homelessness panelist Debbi Knowles

Moderator: Steve VanderStaay, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, WWU


  • Mike Parker, Director of Whatcom Homeless Service Center
  • Walter Zisette, Associate Director, Capitol Hill Housing, Seattle
  • Riannon Bardsley, Executive Director, Northwest Youth Services, Bellingham
  • Debbi Knowles, Snohomish County Office of Community and Homeless Services, WWU alumna


3:00-4:15 Mass Incarceration

Moderator: Vernon Johnson, Munro Institute director, Political Science Department, WWU


  • Brad Klippert, Washington State House of Representatives, 8th Legislative District
  • Brynn Jacobson, King County Prosecuting Attorney/Future Prosecutors for Social Justice
  • Kathleen Kyle, Snohomish County Public Defender Association/Washington Sentencing Guidelines Commission
  • Ron Helms, Sociology Department, WWU
  • Celina Meza, Yoga Behind Bars