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Choose to Be Civil

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 11.23.2015 | Impact
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

A good discussion teaches both sides something, and it may change a mind or two. But the important point is, the more we listen and talk to -- not at -- each other, the more likely we are to understand each other.

Safe From Salaita at Illinois

David Moshman | Posted 11.17.2015 | College
David Moshman

Here's some advice for students who value intellectual safety over intellectual freedom: Check out the University of Illinois, which over the past 15 months has spent over two million dollars to keep the innocent young minds of its students safe from the "anti-Semitic" ideas and "uncivil" expression of Steven Salaita.

Killing Civility

Allen Johnson Jr. | Posted 11.02.2015 | Entertainment
Allen Johnson Jr.

We all know that cable news it mostly entertainment. You can't take much of it seriously. As a social liberal and a fiscal conservative, I like to hear both points of view and occasionally listen to Bill O'Reilly on Fox News.

George Washington: "To Prevent the Spirit of Partisanship From Bursting into a Flame"

Living Room Conversations | Posted 09.18.2015 | Politics
Living Room Conversations

We believe that George Washington would be celebrating the bringing together of opposites to have a living room conversation to soften hyper-partisanship.

Civility No More: Where Are the Better Angels of Politics?

Dan Glickman | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics
Dan Glickman

This country is crying out for solutions to our myriad problems but our culture often rewards meanness, division and incivility. The emphasis on the latter makes the former all that much more difficult to achieve.

10 Reasons to Spend Time With Your Political Opposite

Living Room Conversations | Posted 08.14.2015 | Impact
Living Room Conversations

So why would anyone be crazy enough to spend significant time with someone on the other side of the political fence? Why funny you should ask...

Proof That Statesmanship and the Art of Legislating Still Work on Capitol Hill

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

What Alexander and Murray did by simply agreeing to work together is what we used to call legislating -- an art form which seems to have all but disappeared from the halls of the capitol. It is also an example of statesmanship in action.

Stepping Away from the Fight

Living Room Conversations | Posted 08.03.2015 | Impact
Living Room Conversations

It is honorable and important to fight for what is right. And elections are by their nature adversarial contests where one candidate wins and one loses. But there needs to be something more. When the election is over our leaders need to work together for the common good.

Hate Is Our True Enemy

Living Room Conversations | Posted 07.17.2015 | Impact
Living Room Conversations

Today, I want to urge you to actively seek out the most contentious, polarized, gridlocked places you can find. Because so often, throughout our history, those have been the places where progress really happens.

Gay Affirming and Christian

Cindy Brandt | Posted 06.30.2015 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

Empathetic listening pushed me into a gay affirming stance. But coming to that conclusion hasn't stopped me from continuing to listen.

A Respect Reset

Michael Smerconish | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Michael Smerconish

Obama leaves the White House in 18 months, and while there appears no prospect that his treatment will change in the interim, we should view the election as a reset of the way in which we treat our chief executives.

Civil Behavior Abounds in Response to Tragedy

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

The tragedy last week in Charleston, S.C., in which nine people were murdered, has evoked a local, state and national response bathed in civility.

Regular Order on the Highway

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

We all know there is no easy answer to the highway funding question but ignoring it extension by extension is certainly no solution. Road and bridge projects are not going to get any less expensive if they are pushed further into the future, and our roads won't get any safer through benign neglect.

The Good Morning Project

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 06.01.2015 | Good News
Elaine Ambrose

My acquaintance was bullied on social media, and that experience prompted an idea that could encourage others to make a positive difference while challenging the vile cesspool of cruel trolls who infest the Internet. Let's call it the "Good Morning Project."

Why I'll Never Write The F-Word

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 06.01.2015 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

I've written hundreds of thousands of words during the past 50 years, but I've never written the f-word. I don't need the word to communicate effectively or to get published. The English language is rich with so many other delightful, juicy, descriptive, and provocative words.

Free Speech and Civility in America and in Islam

Sarah Sayeed, Ph.D. | Posted 05.28.2015 | Religion
Sarah Sayeed, Ph.D.

If we want Muslim societies to adopt democratic commitments to free speech, we must advocate and be role models of both free speech and civility, understanding that democracy requires both.

Free Speech at Duke

David Moshman | Posted 05.22.2015 | College
David Moshman

Faculty should be hired and evaluated on the basis of their teaching, research, and professional service, and should be free to speak as citizens and persons without fear for their jobs.

Free Speech at Boston University

David Moshman | Posted 05.18.2015 | College
David Moshman

This could have been "Salaita 2: A Censorship Sequel." Once again, a new college faculty member whose appointment has not yet officially begun has been denounced for offensive speech.

Will We Ever Get Along Again?

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
Dr. Peggy Drexler

We're living in an age of where the emotional domino effect follows the slogan, "Do unto others first, before they do unto you." Be the bully, lest you be the victim.

Communities Take the Lead on Earthquake Response in Nepal

Elizabeth Enslin, Ph.D. | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Elizabeth Enslin, Ph.D.

When I woke on April 25 to reports of a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal, my first thoughts turned to the safety of my Nepali-American son's uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. All fine, I soon learned.

Is Media the Problem? The Giuliani Story That Never Should Have Been

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 04.26.2015 | Media
Stuart Muszynski

It used to be that we heard negative speech and attack language only on talk radio the likes of Larry Elder and Rush Limbaugh. Now, that's the steady diet that the media doles out to Americans every day, from all news sources.

Why Being Nice Backfires So Often In Politics

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 01.29.2015 | Politics

Legislative negotiations are rarely recognized for kind words exchanged between parties, and that's no coincidence. Bloomberg News White House reporte...

Civility and Free Speech in Education

David Moshman | Posted 03.23.2015 | Education
David Moshman

Charlie Hebdo could be published in the United States. But what if it were distributed in schools or assigned for students to read? Is uncivil speech protected by the First Amendment? This is a question not so easily answered. The short answer is this: In general, yes; but in education, no.

The New Wild West

Bruce Weinstein | Posted 03.17.2015 | Business
Bruce Weinstein

Tolerating uncivil behavior, unfortunately, is the price we have to pay for virtual communication. I don't like reading hateful responses to the things I online, but the alternative -- a policy that stifles speech -- is a lot worse.

13 Milliseconds to Civility

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

Representative John Boehner was reelected as Speaker of the House this week, surviving a challenge from the far right as the 114th U.S. Congress, with Republican leadership in both Houses, began its work.