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Championing Civility Week | April 10-14, 2017

K-Staters hold many values in high esteem through our Principles of Community, and civility is most certainly one of them. But what exactly is civility? There is not necessarily a universal definition of the term, but we at K-State view civility as "the free and respectful exchange of different ideas" (Coe, Kenski, & Rains, 2014, p. 658.).

According to the seventh annual Civility in America poll conducted by Weber Shandwick and Powell Tate with KRC Research, 69 percent of Americans believe the U.S. has a major civility problem. This begs the question: What can we do as citizens to improve civility on our campuses, in our communities, and in our country? It begins with dialogue.

The K-State community declared April 10-14, 2017 Championing Civility Week, coinciding with World Civility Day on April 13, 2017. K-Staters enjoyed a week of programming and events that opened up new dialogue on civility from a variety of perspectives.

Inclusive, deliberative, open dialogue. That's the Wildcat Way.

Championing Civility Events 

(Re)Imagining Tolerance, Diversity and Justice: The Impact of a Post-Truth USA on the Arab-American and Muslim-American Experience
Monday, April 10 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Hale Library, Hemisphere Room

This event is open to all — students, faculty, staff and members of the public. "(Re)Imagining Tolerance, Diversity, and Justice" will explore the issues of tolerance and diversity from the Muslim-American and Arab American perspectives, featuring the work of three separate speakers. Following 15-20 minute presentations by each speaker, there will be a question and answer session. Then, participants will break into groups and meet with a speaker and a group of facilitators to engage in deep conversations about each presentation topic as it relates to civic action at the individual, community and societal levels. These small group conversations will focus on issues of integration, acceptance, tolerance and diversity from the Arab-American and Muslim American perspectives. This is an opportunity to learn about important scholarly perspectives and connect cutting-edge research to your civic practice. Panelists/speakers include:

  • Louise Cainkar, Marquette University,  Arab-American Studies Association president
  • Mucahit Bilici, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Mohamed Al-Hakim, Florida Gulf Coast University

Event sponsored by: Michael W. Suleiman Chair in Arab and Arab-American Studies, Department of Political Science; Staley School of Leadership Studies; College of Arts and Sciences Diversity Committee; and the Division of Student Life.

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Engagement Symposium | Reconstructing Civility: Modes of Engagement for 2017
Tuesday, April 11 | 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. | K-State Student Union

This free symposium featured both academic and practical dialogue on a variety of topics, all with civility and civil dialogue at the center of the discussion. The event featured two keynote speakers: Ed O'Malley, President and CEO of the Kansas Leadership Center; and Dr. Carolyn Lukensmeyer, Executive Director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse.  

Event sponsored by: Office of the Provost, Center for Engagement and Community Development, Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy, National Institute for Civil Discourse and Democracy, Staley School of Leadership Studies

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University Distinguished Lecture | A Necessary Art: Narrative and Reality in Documentary
Wednesday, April 12 | 3 p.m. | Hale Library, Hemisphere Room

We are entering a new era of grand narratives and high ideology, which makes understanding narrative so important and documentary a necessary art. Please plan to attend this University Distinguished Lecture from Dr. Graham Townsley, executive producer of Shining Red Productions and film producer for "E.O. Wilson - Of Ants and Men" (2015). A meet and greet reception kicks off this event at 3 p.m., followed by Dr. Townsley's lecture beginning at approximately 3:30 p.m.

Please also note that a showing of the film "E.O. Wilson - Of Ants and Men" will take place during the Engagement Symposium on Tuesday, April 11 at 3:30 p.m. in the Cottonwood Room of the K-State Student Union.


Diversity Colloquium | Driven by Fear and Emancipated by Curiosity: The Politics of Bodily Knowledge in Personal Narratives on Race
Wednesday, April 12 | 4 p.m. | Kedzie 106

Please plan to attend this Communication Studies and JMC Research Colloquium Series event. Christopher Brown, associate professor of communication studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato will present and lead the discussion that follows.


Cats for Inclusion Event: Your Voice Matters
Thursday, April 13 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Big 12 Room, K-State Student Union

The goal of this forum is to discuss the need for, and the importance of having, a multicultural center on K-State's campus. Come explore multiple viewpoints on this pressing matter affecting our community!  Registration is from 5-5:30 p.m.

Event sponsored by: Staley School of Leadership Studies, Black Student Union, and Student Governing Association

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48-Hour Film Festival Premiere and Awards Ceremony
Thursday, April 13 | 7 p.m. | Leadership Studies Town Hall

This event marks the close of the second annual K-State 48-Hour Film Festival, showcasing works produced by K-State students. All are encouraged to attend the screening exhibition and awards ceremony, even if you are not part of a competing team. 

Event sponsored by: Office of the Provost, Division of Communications and Marketing, College of Education, Staley School of Leadership Studies, A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Hale Library, Media Development Center, Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy

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