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Spring 2011, Vol. 19, No. 2 (requires Adobe Acrobat)

Building Community in the 21st Century:
Perspectives on Civility and Democracy
October 8–9, 2010

leechAs part of the 2010 Southern Festival of Books, the Warren Center joined together with Humanities Tennessee to host a series of sessions at the book festival to bring greater public consciousness to the nature of some of the divisions in our culture and to suggest ways that we might rethink those divisions and transform the discord caused by those divisions within the context of our nation’s, state’s, and community’s need for a more civil democracy. Additional support for the program was provided by Vanderbilt’s Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership in the Professions.

The Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Jim Leach, has a special interest in the issue of civility and has recently launched a fifty-state “Civility Tour.” As part of his tour, he participated in the first session on this topic at the Southern Festival of Books, “A Conversation on Civility and Democracy,” on Friday October 8 from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Tennessee Capitol Building’s House Chambers. John Seigenthaler, founder of Vanderbilt’s First Amendment Center, and Carl Pierce, Executive Director of the Howard Baker Center at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, also joined Chairman Leach on this first panel. Following his presentation at the book festival in downtown Nashville, Chairman Leach delivered a second address at Vanderbilt University later that afternoon on “Civility in a Fractured Society.”

On Saturday, October 9, the following speakers presented remarks as part of the series “Building Community in the 21st Century: Perspectives on Civility and Democracy.” Each session was moderated by a Vanderbilt University representative

 

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