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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.

Resolutions: Keep Them Simple and in Focus

Christa Dowling | Posted 02.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Christa Dowling

"The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men Often Go Awry" John Steinbeck 1902-1968 (American Nobel Prize Author) Now that we are approaching a new year qui...

Traveling for the Holidays? 6 Ways Airlines Reflect the Decline of Civility

Laurie Levy | Posted 02.22.2015 | Fifty
Laurie Levy

Just took a routine flight from Chicago to Boston. No rain. No snow. Only a 30-minute delay going there due to a "typographical error on the pilot's checklist." (What on earth is that?) So why am I complaining? Well, air travel has become a metaphor for the overall lack of caring and civility we see around us every day.

When Police Violate Our Values, 'Ferguson' Happens

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 02.16.2015 | Crime
Stuart Muszynski

Lack of values, justice and fairness between police and black Americans is the decades-long backdrop leading up to Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and so many others that are part of the "Ferguson Effect" in our country.

The Grandmother on "Respecting the Part You Play"

Margaret Sullivan | Posted 02.02.2015 | Politics
Margaret Sullivan

Each President holds the only office in the United States voted on by all of us. We do not need to agree with our President, but we should remember that, like it or not, each is chosen by a majority of us for this honor. The honor deserves respect. That's class.

Civility, Free Speech, and Israel

David Moshman | Posted 01.16.2015 | College
David Moshman

A recent letter provides university officials with excellent advice on free speech in connection with issues of Israel and Palestine. The bottom line is this: Political speech, regardless of its civility, is protected by the First Amendment.

Voters to Politicians: Start Working Together

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

We the people of the United States need to hold all of our leaders' feet to the fire. The challenges facing our nation, both nationally and internationally, are enormous and cannot be solved by either party acting alone.

Millennials Offer Hope for More Civil Future

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

Millennials are a generation that has seen it all politically, and not surprisingly but unfortunately, accept incivility in politics as the norm, significantly more than other generations.

Faith in Citizens

Joan Blades | Posted 12.07.2014 | Politics
Joan Blades

I've come to believe that even if there was agreement in the U.S. that climate is a key concern, we would do a poor job of addressing the problem. Adversarial solutions will not suffice -- we must learn to hold the tensions of our differences and use this tension to inspire solutions that are better than we have yet imagined.

Civility and Its Discontents

Brian Rosenberg | Posted 11.19.2014 | College
Brian Rosenberg

So long as no actual harm is caused and no one's opportunity to live and work in safety is threatened, rudeness, coarseness, and other varieties of incivility should not be forcibly excluded from a college community

A Letter From the Underground of The Castle

Paul Stoller | Posted 11.11.2014 | College
Paul Stoller

As another academic year begins The Castle's shadow is bringing more and more Kafkaesque darkness to university campuses. That shadow continues to transform our places of higher learning into corporate enclaves in which mindless civility eclipses uncomfortable debate.

7 Habits Of Considerate People

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 09.03.2014 | Healthy Living

"Being considerate of others will take you and your children further in life than any college or professional degree." - Marian Wright Edelman Edel...

Restoring the Promise of the American Dream

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 10.05.2014 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

We are hopeful the Majority Leader's words will lead to action on the part of House leadership and members on both sides of the aisle. Then Congress will be able to take action on the major issues facing our county.

Drawing the Line on Civility

Nora T. Akins | Posted 08.09.2014 | Business
Nora T. Akins

The NLRB conducts thousands of unfair labor practice investigations each year. A recent finding ruled it unlawful to require employees to refrain from negativity in the workplace.

Maya Angelou -- A Pioneer of Civil Discourse

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

As we continue our path to promote civil discourse with our elected officials, in the media, and throughout our homes, we honor Dr. Angelou. She has set the path for how best it can be done: through the powerful use of words.

What Would You Do For A Million Dollars?

David Briggs | Posted 06.29.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

Seven in eight Americans say they would turn down any amount of money up to $1 million to kick a dog in the head. However, half of Americans say th...

Two Little Words That Can Make All the Difference!

Craig Dowden | Posted 05.12.2014 | Business
Craig Dowden

This sentiment is often accompanied by an exasperated acceptance of defeat, as it seems the problem is too big to solve. However, the above research suggests that we may be more powerful than we think.