President's Initiatives

Civility Speakers Series


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Dr. P.M. Forni
Monday, May 6, 2013 | 2:00 pm
SMC CC, Elm Ballrooms
* Registration is closed for this event; however, you can view the talk live at 
http://mediasite.umaryland.edu/mediasite/Viewer/?peid=e04ef05983124ad283908a5dee108ed91d

Considered the go-to civility expert, Dr. P.M. Forni is a professor at the Johns Hopkins University and co-founder of the Johns Hopkins Civility Project (JHCP) in 1997. An aggregation of academic and community outreach activities, the JHCP aimed at assessing the significance of civility, manners and politeness in contemporary society. The JHCP has been reconstituted as The Civility Initiative at Johns Hopkins, which Dr. Forni now directs. Dr. Forni is the author of the highly-rated best selling book, Choosing Civility: The Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct and The Civility Solution: What to Do When People Are Rude. He has also appeared on numerous TV shows and has been interviewed on Oprah. Dr. Forni is originally from Italy.

Choosing Civility: The Twenty-five Rules of Considerate Conduct by P.M. Forni & The Civility Solution: What to Do When People Are Rude by P.M. Forni will be available for purchase at this event.

A reception will follow the talk.


 

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President Jay A. Perman, MD
Monday, August 27, 2012 | 5:00 pm
SMC CC, Ballrooms

Jay A. Perman, MD, is president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). Dr. Perman, a pediatric gastroenterologist who sees patients at his weekly President’s Clinic, is a proponent of interprofessionalism – teaching team-based health care to students of medicine, pharmacy, nursing, dentistry, social work, and law. He is known widely for his insistence on civility and speaks about the importance of being nice. Dr. Perman himself is the embodiment of UMB’s core values, one of which is that the University will be a shining example of civility in a world badly in need of such models.

Choosing Civility: The Twenty-five Rules of Considerate Conduct by P.M. Forni will be available for purchase at this event.

A reception will follow the talk.

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Dr. Benet Davetian
Monday, October 15, 2012 | 5:00 pm
SMC CC, Ballroom B

Dr. Benet Davetian is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Prince Edward Island. Dr. Davetian is also the Director of the Civility Institute, an initiative working to promote nationwide courtesy and decorum. He holds a doctorate from the University of Sussex. He is the author of Civility - A Cultural History (University of Toronto Press, 2009; 600 pages); the award-winning book The Seventh Circle and numerous articles on social theory and social change. He is listed in Canada's Who's Who for his accomplishments in Canadian Culture, promoting civility and civic engagement. Dr. Davetian hails from Canada.

Civility: A Cultural History by Benet Davetian will be available for purchase at this event.

A reception will follow the talk.

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Ray Williams
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 | 5:00 pm
SMC CC, Ballroom B

Ray Williams is a highly sought-after leadership coach and president and founder of his own leadership training company. Williams has published articles on civility and effective leadership in numerous outlets including Salon and Psychology Today. He is also author of the book, The Leadership Edge. Williams has been praised for and received awards for his effective teaching and coaching skills. Williams was born and raised in Hong Kong (having endured 5 years as a child in an internment camp), before moving to Australia, then finally, Vancouver, Canada.

A reception will follow the talk.

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Bernard Schulz & Tiffany Sanchez
Monday, February 11, 2013 | 5:00 pm
SMC CC, Ballroom B

Bernard Schulz is Special Assistant to the Vice President in the Office of Campus Life at American University where he co-chairs the university’s campus-wide civility program, Civitas. His diversified background encompasses more than 18 years of experience in higher education administration with positions in residence life & housing, fraternity & sorority life, student activities, judicial affairs, community relations and overall student affairs administration. Dr. Schulz has been at American University since December 2000. He has overall responsibility for Campus Life's technology and web management, Campus Life assessment initiatives, staff development programming for the Office of Campus Life, and Campus Life web communications. He also chairs the Student Achievement Award Selection Committee, and represents Campus Life on University Project Teams and Committees.

In Search of Civility: Confronting Incivility on the College Campus by Kent M. Weeks will be available for purchase at this event.

A reception will follow the talk.

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The Fellows Findings
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 | 5:00 pm
SMC CC, Ballroom B

The President's Fellows will present their findings based on their research and the information shared during the Speakers Series. Their White Paper on Civility as a Core Instructional Value will be available at P.M. Forni's event on Monday, May 6, 2013. Click here to view the PDF of the Fellows' presentation.

A reception will follow the talk.

Lunch & Learn Workshops

In addition to the Speakers Series, Lunch & Learn workshops are offered in collaboration with the President's Student Leadership Institute (PSLI).  PSLI students may attend one of the Lunch & Learn Civility Workshops to fulfill the PSLI Civility requirement.  Each session is facilitated by a UM resident expert.  These experts represent the various schools on UM's campus.  All students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to attend. 

Please click here for more information on the Lunch & Learn workshops.