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The Civility in America series, sponsored by the Dilenschneider Group, The Ferguson Library, and Hearst Media Services, features some of the nation’s leading thinkers from a wide variety of professions, who provide their perspective on what must be done to restore civility in our country. The series is now in it’s sixth year.

Coming up: On February 15, Marvin Scott.

The third collection of talks was recently published by Significance Press under the title, “Civility in America,” and is available at

Mike Love of the Beach Boys, speaking about Civility in Music

Mike Love of the Beach Boys, speaking about Civility in Music

Recent Speakers

Reckoning with Race
Gene Dattel, Author

Civility in Technology & the Arts
Grace Cho, Founder & CEO of Orangenius

Civility at an American School in a Muslim Country
Jonathan Starr, Founder of the Abaarso School

Civility and the Law
Richard Edlin, Greenberg Traurig

Civility and the Fate of the West
Bill Emmott, Former Editor-in-Chief, The Economist

Five Star Civility
Francois-Olivier Luiggi, GM, Pierre Hotel

Civility and a Life of Meaning
Amr Al-Dabbagh, Founder, Stars Foundation

Civility in Business
Mike Perlis,  CEO, Forbes Media

Civility in the Sports Business
George Bodenheimer, former President, ESPN

Civility and the Spirit of Thanksgiving
Melanie Kirkpatrick, author and journalist

Civility in Music
Mike Love of the Beach Boys

Civility in Broadcasting, Politics & Public Life
Lawrence Kudlow, conservative commentator

Civility in Comedy and Humor
Jerry Zezima, humor writer

Civility Between Young and Old
Ken Dychtwald, Longevity expert

“Civility in Politics and American Life”
David Sokol, Owner and CEO of Teton Capital, LLC

Gillian Tett, Editor, Financial Times

“Civility in Government”
James H.  Douglas, Former Governor of Vermont

“Civility and Why Girls Matter”
Anna Maria Chavez, CEO, Girls Scouts of the USA

Civility and Artificial Intelligence
Steve Lohr, New York Times Technology Writer

“Civility and The Power of Thank You”
Deborah Norville, Two-time Emmy Award-winning TV anchor

“Civility in Government”
Joseph Califano, Former Secretary of Health, Education & Welfare

“Civility in Arts & Letters”
Barbara Taylor Bradford, Best-selling Author

“Civility in the Future of Zoos and Aquariums”
Dr. Stephen Coan, President and CEO, Mystic Aquarium

“Show Civility, It Pays”
Julie Kampf, President & CEO, JBK Associates

“Civility in New Media”
Henry Timms, Executive Director, 92nd Street Y

“Civility in Business”
Geoff Colvin,  Editorial Director for Fortune

“Civility in Management”
Cindi Bigelow, President & CEO of R.C. Bigelow, Inc.

“Civility in the Spy Business”
Jack Devine, high level CIA director and author

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“Civility in Public Service”
Abraham Foxman, National Director of ADL

“Civility in Dining”
Alex von Bidder, owner of Four Seasons Restaurant

“Truth, Love and Civility”
Bishop Frank Caggiano
, Diocese of Bridgeport

“Heroism and Civility”
Thomas Von Essen
, former New York City Fire Commissioner

“Civility on the Gridiron”
George Martin, former defensive end of the New York Giants

“Civility in Baseball”
Brian Cashman
, General Manager of the NY Yankees

“Civility in American Society”
Georgia Nugent, Chair, Council of Independent Colleges, Former President, Kenyon College

“Civility in Business”
Tom Donohue, President & CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

“Civility in Sports”
Fay Vincent, Former Commissioner, Major League Baseball

“Civility in Politics”
Gov. Rick Perry, Governor of Texas

“Civility in International Scholarship”
Allan Goodman, President & CEO, Institute of International Education

“Civility in Law Enforcement”
William Bratton, former Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department as well as former New York City and Boston Police Commissioner. Mr. Bratton is now Chairman of Kroll.

“Civility in Education”
Joel Klein, former Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education and currently CEO of Amplify and EVP/Office of the Chairman at News Corporation.

“Civility in Management”
Edward Reilly, President  & CEO of American Management Association

“Civility and the Art of Giving Thanks”
Georgette Mosbacher, CEO, Borghese Cosmetics

“Civility in Politics”
Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine

“Civility in the Media”
Ernie Anastos, WNYW Fox 5 News Anchor

“Civility in Art”
Dr. James Cuno
, CEO & President, J. Paul Getty Trust

“Civility in Politics”
Mickey Edwards, Vice President, The Aspen Institute

“Civility in Society”
Philip K. Howard, Partner, Covington & Burling

“Civility in Corporate America”
Steve Forbes, President and Chief Executive Officer, Editor-in-Chief, Forbes

“Civility in Public Life”
John Brademas, President Emeritus, New York University

“Civility in the Media”
Charles Osgood, radio and television commentator

“Civility in the Financial Sector”
Dr. Henry Kaufman, President, Kaufman & Co.