Alexander Heffner

Alexander Heffner will speak at Clemson Wednesday, Sept. 13.

CLEMSON — Alexander Heffner, political journalist and host of PBS’s “The Open Mind,” will speak at Clemson University in honor of Constitution Day at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, in the Watt Family Innovation Center auditorium. The event, “Constitutional Crisis or Consensus? The Quest for a Post-Partisan Citizenship” is free and open to the public.

The event is being sponsored by the Clemson’s Honors College, the political science department and the Pearce Center for Professional Communication.

“Mr. Heffner is a leading journalist and civic educator who understands the political behavior of today’s younger voters,” said William Lasser, director of the Honors College and Alumni Distinguished Professor of Political Science. “We’re looking forward to having him speak to our students and community members in a way that inspires them to get involved as they are still forming their own beliefs.”

Heffner is a Harvard graduate who has covered American politics, civic life and the Millennial generation since the 2008 presidential campaign. He succeeded his grandfather as the host of “The Open Mind,” the longest-running program in public television history, which examines topics across politics, media, arts and civic life.

“It is essential that the next generation work to reassert constitutional common ground, including the protection of a free and vibrant press and a civic life that challenges us to perfect forever our great American experiment,” said Heffner.

In addition to his work with PBS, Heffner’s work has appeared in USA Today and Newsday and he’s been profiled in The Washington PostThe New York TimesVariety and on NBC NewsC-SPAN and BBC, among other outlets.