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Restoring Civility in Civic Debate

The public is invited to a conference aimed at restoring civility in civic dialogue.
Then presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain shake hands before a debate in 2008.
Then presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain shake hands before a debate in 2008.

As the 2012 elections approach, a group of interested scholars, community leaders and journalists are aiming to keep contentious rhetoric in check for all public discourse.

It's part of "Restoring Respect: Community Conference on Restoring Civility to Civic Dialogue," a free conference open to the public, April 9, at the University of San Diego.  The SDSU Office of the President is co-sponsoring the event. 

Event details

Event organizers seek to encourage the San Diego community to embrace basic elements of civility in dealing with civic activism and political campaigning.  The conference aims to create a Commitment to Principles of Civility, a statement of basic principles San Diegans can embrace in their lives.

Event date: Monday, April 9
Location: University of San Diego, Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice
Registration: 8 a.m.-8:30 a.m.
Conference: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Learn more about the event.

Conference participants

Speakers and panelists include:

  • Dan Walters, Sacramento Bee
  • Murray Galinson, director, National Conflict Resolution Center
  • Constance Carroll, chancellor, San Diego Community College District.
  • Larry Hinman, professor of philosophy, University of San Diego
  • Tony Perry, San Diego bureau chief, Los Angeles Times
  • Tom Shepard, president and CEO, Shepard & Associates

For more information and to register for this event, visit Restoring Respect.

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