SAN DIEGO -- Restoring Respect will host its second annual Conference on Restoring Civility to Civic Dialogue on Wednesday, Feb. 20, featuring keynote speaker Eugene Robinson of The Washington Post.
The Restoring Respect initiative is a program of the University of San Diego (USD) that is attempting to promote greater civility in San Diego's civic dialogue.
In a promotional piece, event organizers said: "The Fall 2012 political campaign was one of the nastiest, least civil in modern times (and we thought it couldn't get worse than 2008!). Are we stuck with a permanent politics of incivility or is there something we, the people, can do it about it? Join our dialogue to return civility to our civic dialogue."
Conference participants will spend the morning discussing issues and working to produce a Commitment to Principles of Civility, which is a statement of basic principles attendees will be willing to commit to in their public lives.
Event organizers want to hear from participants so that collectively, a new consensus and standards on what San Diegans mean by being civil in civic dialogue can be crafted.
The event will also include opening remarks by a number of community leaders including Reverend George Walker Smith; Mary Lyons, Ph.D.; Constance Carroll, Ph.D.; Jeff Light; Martha Barnette; Marty Block; Maria Nieto Senour, Ph.D.; and Carl Luna, Ph.D.
The event will take place from 8 am to noon in USD's Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice.
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