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SHEPHERDSTOWN — Community members filled Storer Ballroom on Feb. 3, as they prepared to listen and learn from a panel selected by the Bonnie and Bill Stubblefield Institute for Civil Political Communications at Shepherd University for the second event in The American Conversation Series.

Since C-SPAN was covering President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial at the time, Stubblefield Institute Director David Welch announced local television station WRNR was recording the event in its place.

The panel members discussed “Talking Politics in an Angry America,” and although each of the four panel members represented a variety of political opinions, they reflected a spirit of civility throughout their discussion. The two extreme ends of the political spectrum were bookended by Scott Widmeyer, a Democrat and former media director for President Jimmy Carter, and Kelly Johnston, a moderate Republican and the 28th secretary of the U.S. Senate. The two other panelists were former Emmy winning CNN correspondent Frank Sesno and moderator Robert Fresh, who is the president and founder of the Convergence Center for Policy Resolution.