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      October 23, 2018

      Tuesday   6:00 AM

      1 Rockefeller Drive
      Morrilton, Arkansas 72110

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      Beyond Civility

      “Every citizen has the duty to be informed, to be thoughtfully concerned, and to participate in the search for solutions.” – Winthrop Rockefeller As our society becomes increasingly divided and political polarization becomes the norm, more and more people are finding it difficult to engage in civil discourse, especially in conversations across deep differences of opinion. The health of our democracy depends on the ability for citizens to have meaningful public conversations about challenging issues and to participate in the search for solutions together.  Rules and norms around civil behavior have changed dramatically over the course of our history. Many people call for a return of civility to our public discourse, but beyond modeling civil behavior, civility must include a commitment to meaningful dialogue to facilitate thoughtful and effective civic engagement. The Institute is hosting a program for high school students representing districs in four Arkansas communities around the meaning and importance of civil conversations and how to engage in meaningful and respectful dialogue in order to foster collaboration, promote mutual understanding and resolve conflict. 10 students each from Alma, Blytheville, Arkadelphia and Dollarway School Districts will be selected to participate in the program. Students comprise various ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.  The program will employ facilitated exercises and curriculum to empower students to model civil behavior and respectful dialogue in their communities. Program partners include the National Institute for Civil Discourse and Essential Partners/Public Conversations Project. State representatives from the four school districts (Rep. Charlotte Douglas, Rep. Monty Hodges, Rep. Vivian Flowers and Rep. Richard Womack) will be present discuss the role of civility and dialogue in their legislative service.  

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