Rotary peace scholar visits Sheridan Rotary

Submitted photoCIVIL ACTION: Rotary Peace Scholar Alexandra Hudson (front row, third from right) spoke to Sheridan Rotarians about civility.

Sheridan Rotary members recently welcomed Alexandra O. Hudson to a club meeting. Hudson is a Rotary Peace Scholar who received her masters degree in social policy from the London School of Economics. She has worked as a special assistant in the office of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos at the U.S. Department of Education, worked at the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty and worked in the policy department of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office.

At present, Hudson lives in Indianapolis and is writing a book based on the thesis that civility is a keystone to a successful and vibrant democracy. She explained to the assembled Rotarians the importance of remaining civil even under dire circumstances and how that relates to our success as a nation. She noted that there have been times in our nation’s history when civil discourse has been over-ridden by outrage, indignant and bombastic rhetoric. Generally speaking, she said, these have been characterized as regressive times in our history.

Sheridan Rotary meets at 6:15 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month for dinner and a guest speaker. Meetings are in the Sheridan Public Library’s Community Room at 103 W. First St., Sheridan.