Mount St. Joseph University

College of Mount St. Joseph hosts first Side-by-Side series of political conversations

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The College of Mount St. Joseph will host the first of a series of political conversations called Side-by-Side, an event organized by Beyond Civility (, a non-profit group that promotes constructive dialogue among civic and elected leaders, on Monday, November 12 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the College Theatre. The first Side-by-Side discussion pairing features Cincinnati vice mayor Roxanne Qualls (D) and Ohio state senator Bill Seitz (R). Light refreshments will be available starting at 6:00 p.m. The community is welcome to attend.

The series will feature pairs of public figures from two political parties, a Republican and a Democrat, answering questions about the early formation of their political identities. It is being co-sponsored by the Hamilton County Republican Party, the Hamilton County Democratic Party, the Charter Committee of Cincinnati, the Cincinnatus Association, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, the YWCA, and the League of Women Voters. WCET and WVXU are media partners.

The series offers an antidote to the contentious and sometimes toxic national rhetoric that is serving to polarize our society by inviting local political leaders to share their reflections on the people and experiences that helped to form the political beliefs and positions they hold today.

The series will include three more sessions with other high profile leaders to be held in January, February and March. Dates and locations will be announced at a later date.

Admission is free with advance reservations by calling 513-244-4220.

The College of Mount St. Joseph is an undergraduate and graduate Catholic college that provides an interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curriculum emphasizing values, service and social responsibility.