DOES CIVILITY MATTER?
CO-HOSTED BY CLARE MORRISON AND THE POLICY CIRCLE
THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 2019
The Center for the Study of Liberty partnered with Clare Morrison and the Policy Circle to host a dinner roundtable on the importance of civility. A group of fourteen women came together for a discussion after a gathering of Indiana Policy Circle leaders. In preparation for the conversation, guests read three perspectives on civil discourse: one making a case for civility, one questioning whether civility is possible in today's political dialogue, and one arguing against finding "common ground." A lively discussion on these selections was facilitated by Liberty Fund fellow Amy Willis.
The group explored the divisive nature of public discourse today, drawing from personal experiences and offering insights into how ideological disagreements unfold in their own communities. They investigated the concept of civility and how the definition of "civility" differed in the three articles assigned. Attention was paid to the tension that seems to exist between the idea of civility and the need to stand up for one's principles and beliefs. Are calls for moderation less compelling when we or members of our communities are facing injustice or severe hardship?
The conversation also touched on the importance of building relationships and trust in pursuing a more civil discourse. Several guests noted that forging connections in shared interests outside of points of disagreement pave the way for more fruitful and respectful discussions on issues where opinions differ.
6:00 PM – Opening Reception
6:30 PM – Welcome, introductions, and dinner
7:00 PM – Opening comments by leader
7:15 PM – Discussion
8:45 PM – Closing