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Civility and Its Discontents
May 1, 2019
Rutland Free Library
Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
While many pundits lament the death of civility in American politics, others argue that a commitment to civility minimizes our differences in the name of public nicety. Middlebury religion professor James Davis explains why civility is essential for a well-ordered democracy.
The First Wednesdays talks presented in partnership with Middlebury College and the Mellon Foundation are part of Listening & Speaking in Public Spheres, an initiative that calls upon students, faculty and the broader Middlebury, Vermont community to strengthen capacities for productive discourse in the public sphere by developing new tools for engagement.
For more information
- “Nearly 80 percent of Americans concerned lack of civility in politics will lead to violence, poll says,” PBS News Hour, 11/1/2018
- “Civility is now a foreign concept in Americans politics. How did we get here — and how do we fix it?,” NBC News, 5/11/2018
- James Davis’s In Defense of Civility publisher page