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The Role of Civility in Democracy

Explore the critical relationship between civility and democracy, at various points in time and across cultures, and its evolution to the political and governmental climate today. Join us for a panel discussion with historians, ethicists, and academics moderated by Korva Coleman from NPR. A workshop for adults and the next generation of voters follows, led by Dr. P.M. Forni.

5:00–6:00 pm    Registration and casual dinner

6:00-6:15 pm    Welcoming remarks by U.S. Congressman Elijah Cummings, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, Howard County Library Board of Trustees Chair Charles McLaughlin,
and Howard County Library CEO Valerie J. Gross
6:15-7:30 pm    PANEL: The Role and Importance of Civility in Democracy
Is there a role for civility within a democracy? How does uncivil behavior affect the United States and other democratic societies? What does the younger generation think, and what is at stake for them? Explore past and current trends and learn what it might take to mend today’s uncivil political climate. Expert panelists and a high school student government leader tackle these and other questions in an engaging discussion with audience participation. Howard County Library welcomes you to an evening of stimulating cognitive theater!
  • P. M. Forni, Professor of Romance Languages and Literature, Johns Hopkins University; founder of the Civility Initiative at JHU; author of Choosing Civility: The Twenty-five Rules of Considerate Conduct and The Civility Solution: What To Do When People Are Rude
  • Susan Herbst, Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer, University System of Georgia, and Professor of Public Policy, GA Tech; author of the forthcoming book, Rude Democracy: Civility and Incivility in American Politics
  • William Griffith, Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Philosophy and Social Policy Program at the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at The George Washington University
  • Sara Calvert, president of the Howard County Association of Student Councils and a junior at Centennial High School
7:30-7:45 pm     Break

7:45-9:00 pm      Workshop
Following the panel, Dr. Forni will lead a workshop focused on the youth perspective of the role of civility in a democratic society. In partnership with the Howard County Public School System’s secondary education social studies division and Student Government Association, we will hear the voice of young adults as they craft a Proclamation of Civil Behavior. Discussion will engage adults and students.

Date: Wednesday, October 6

Time: 5 - 9 pm

Place: The Bain Center  (5470 Ruth Keeton Way in Columbia)


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Event sponsors:
The Business Monthly
Columbia Association
Friends of Howard County Library
Howard County General Hospital: a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine
Maryland Humanities Council
M&T Bank

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