A National Conversation Begins

On February 17, 2012, a group of leading scholars and journalists gathered at UMass Boston to jumpstart a national conversation about the role of civility in our public discourse. Moderated masterfully by WBUR’s Tom Ashbrook, “Civility and American Democracy: A National Forum” brought hundreds together in person and thousands more online for a vital discussion that is only just beginning. Make sure to check back here or follow @civility on Twitter for news and updates from The Center for Civil Discourse!


Highlights from Civility and Democracy: A National Forum

Session 1: Civility in American History
Featuring: Randall Kennedy, Jill Lepore & John Stauffer

Session 2: Civility and Morality
Featuring: Austin Sarat, David L. Smith & Alan Wolfe

Session 3: Civility and Culture
Featuring: Diana Eck, Mark Lilla & Ilan Stavans

Session 4: Civility and the Media
Featuring: Ellen Goodman, Joe Klein & Kathleen Parker