When (Presentation):

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 from 9:30 AM to 12:15 PM EST
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Workshop (Optional)

Thursday, February 25, 2021 from 9:30 AM to 12:15 PM EST

*To participate in the workshop, you must attend the presentation on February 23. For those who wish to participate in both sessions (the presentation and the workshop) but are unable to virtually attend on February 23, a recording of the presentation will be made available to those who registered.  

Additional details (Zoom information) for the workshop will be provided to you in a separate email closer to the date of the event.


This is an online event. 


Elizabeth Friedel 
410-827-8056, x115 




With funding provided by MAERDAF.

Dr. Timothy Shaffer Presents:

Civil Discourse, Deliberative Engagement, and    Leading with Humility        


This virtual two-part series, consisting of a presentation on February 23, and a follow-up workshop on February 25, is a collaborative effort between the LEAD Maryland Foundation and the Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology. Funding is provided by Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund (MAERDAF).

Please join the members of LEAD Class XI on Tuesday, February 23, from 9:30 AM - 12:15 PM, as Dr. Timothy Shaffer leads guests in a virtually-delivered presentation that defines civil discourse, and explains why it is critical to democracy and within our communities.  The presentation will be followed by a brief, open discussion. 

Then on Thursday, February 25, from 9:30 AM - 12:15 PM, Dr. Shaffer returns to deliver a virtual workshop that explores this topic even further, and helps us to identify what we, as individuals, can do to contribute. 

You can sign up to attend just the presentation, or feel free to join us for both the presentation and the workshop.  To register for one or both, please use the link at the bottom of this page. 

This is a special Speaker Series that you don't want to miss!  

*Registration is limited to 200 people, so reserve your spot today!*


About Timothy J. Shaffer, PhD

As an interdisciplinary scholar and practitioner of deliberative democracy, civic education, and group communication, Dr. Timothy J. Shaffer focuses on the advancement of democratic practices by focusing on the role of civic professionals in institutional settings such as higher education, local government, and non-governmental organizations in relationship with diverse communities.

Dr. Shaffer is the editor of Deliberative Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning for Democratic Engagement (Michigan State University Press, 2017), Jumping into Civic Life: Stories of Public Work from Extension Professionals (Kettering Foundation Press, 2018), Agri-Culture and Future of Farming: An Interactivity Foundation Discussion Guidebook (Interactivity Foundation, 2018), A Crisis of Civility? Political Discourse and Its Discontents (Routledge, 2019), and Creating Space for Democracy: A Primer on Dialogue and Deliberation in Higher Education (Stylus, 2019).

Dr. Shaffer currently serves an associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies and as director of the Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy at Kansas State University. He is also principal research specialist with the National Institute for Civil Discourse at the University of Arizona. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University.

To learn more about his research and publications, visit his website.