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The role of Civility in democracy

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Opinion Zone,Jessie Newburn

You’ve seen them out and about, I’m sure of it. Those green car magnets with thin little letters that say, “Choose Civility.” Perhaps you’ve probably wondered what it’s all about: Why would anyone put such a magnet on their car? You’ve probably even seen the parodies: Choose Senility, Choose Insanity and Choose Cycling.

Choose Civility is both a book (Choosing Civility: The 25 Rules of Considerate Conduct by Johns Hopkins University Professor Dr. P.M. Forni) and an initiative that began at the Howard County library several years ago. The library and many of its partner organizations host events and activities to support the Choose Civility initiative, and one such event is coming up.

This Wednesday, October 6th, residents in The Hoco and the area are invited to attend a symposium titled, The Role of Civility in Democracy. The event, which starts with a panel discussion of “historians, ethicists, and academics moderated by Korva Coleman from NPR,” is followed by an interactive workshop for adults and what they are billing as “the next generation of voters.” Dr. P.M. Forni will lead the workshop.

Held at The Bain Center in Columbia, Md., the symposium runs from 5:00 - 9:30 p.m., and registration is required.

 

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