As part of the WAforCivility project, WSU student organizers are asking their peers, Washington legislators, and members of the broader Cougar community to pledge to acknowledge, respect, and listen to others.
By Adriana Aumen, College of Arts and Sciences
PULLMAN, Wash. – One of the nation’s leading urban ethnographers will talk about race and civility in everyday life in a free, public address, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, in the Elson Floyd Cultural Center at Washington State University.
SEATTLE – In a sense, early returns from the 2016 election are already in: Civility is losing to vitriol in a landslide. But two former U.S. Senate majority leaders – Republican Trent Lott of Mississippi and Democrat Tom Daschle of South Dakota – have been promoting a plan to restore civility to governing.
Universities must be places where the free exchange of ideas is not just protected, but encouraged. At the same time, we do not want individuals on our campuses to feel threatened because of their ethnicity or their religious beliefs.
Sometimes these two principles appear to be in conflict. At those times, we must rely on the good-faith efforts of all members of the university community to assure that the resulting dialog is both constructive and civil.
Controversies are arising on campuses nationwide in connection with what some political groups have designated as Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week, the week of Oct. 22-26.
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