Civility and American Democracy: A National Forum
The Center for Civil Discourse, with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, hosted a national forum, "Civility and American Democracy" on February 17 and 18, 2012 at UMass Boston's Campus Center.
The forum explored civil discourse, the tension in its theory and practice, and its place in American democracy. Nationally recognized humanities scholars, including Diana Eck, Randall Kennedy, Jill Lepore, and Austin Sarat, were among those who participated.
The forum engaged a broad audience through radio and television broadcasts and live streaming on the Internet. An online community participated before and after the event, extending the public conversation throughout the year and engaging ordinary citizens in the process of examination and discovery.