Civility And American Democracy Forum

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The Center for Civil Discourse at the University of Massachusetts will bring together this Friday a group of scholars, political thinkers and journalists to explore the meaning of civility and its role in American democracy.

WBUR's Tom Ashbrook will moderate the discussions, which will be available live on this page.

Schedule for Friday February 17, 2012:

8:30 a.m. - Welcome

9-10:30 a.m. Session 1: Civility in American History

  • Randall Kennedy, Michael R. Klein, Professors of Law at Harvard Law School
  • Jill Lepore, David Woods Kemper ’41, Professors of American History and chair of the History and Literature Program at Harvard University
  • John Stauffer, Chair of the History of American Civilization Program and Professor of English and African and African American Studies at Harvard University

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Session 2: Civility and Morality

  • Austin Sarat, William Nelson Cromwell professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science, Amherst College
  • David L Smith, John W. Chandler Professor of English at Williams College
  • Alan Wolfe, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Boisi Center for Religion and Public Life at Boston College

1:30-3:00 P.M. Session 3: Civility and Culture

  •  Diana Eck, Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies at Harvard University and chair of the Religion Department
  • Mark Lilla, essayist and historian of ideas at Columbia University
  • Ilan Stavans, Lewis-Sebring Professor of Latin American and Latino Culture and Five College 40th Anniversary Professor

3:15-4:15 p.m. Session 4: Civility and the Media

  •  Ellen Goodman, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author
  • Joe Klein, journalist, author and weekly columnist for Time’s “In the Arena,” covering national and international affairs.
  • Kathleen Parker, Pulitizer Prize-winning, syndicated columnist for The Washington Post

This program aired on February 17, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.


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