Portia Adams: Civility More Than Politeness

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LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF GREATER PEORIA EVENT

DRINKS & DIALOGUE, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Lariat Steakhouse, 2232 W. Glen Avenue, Peoria

The League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria will present a program on Civility, at its Drinks & Dialogue series on Wed., March 21, at 5:30 pm at the Lariat Steakhouse, 2232 W. Glen Avenue, Peoria.

Portia Adams, Social Work Program Director and Associate Professor, Department of Sociology at Bradley University will guide the discussion.

Civility has been defined as “more than just politeness, although politeness is a necessary first step. It is about disagreeing without disrespect, seeking common ground as a starting point for dialogue about differences, listening past one’s preconceptions and teaching others to do the same. Civility is the hard work of staying present even with those with whom we have deep-rooted and fierce disagreements. It is political in the sense that it is a necessary prerequisite for civic action. But it is political, too, in the sense that it is about negotiating interpersonal power such that everyone’s voice is heard, and nobody’s is ignored.”

— The Institute for Civility in Government – info@institute for civility.org

The event is free and open to the public. Social time is 5:00 PM-5:30. Refreshments are available for purchase.

Drinks & Dialogue is offered on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, starting at 5:30 pm and ending promptly at 6:30 pm, always at a local restaurant, to discuss local, state and national topics relating to approved LWV positions, aimed at “Making Democracy Work.”

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