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Civility Counts

7 p.m., Thursday April 04


It could come in the form of a simple “thank you” or an extra moment spent to hold the door for the person coming in after you. However these seemingly small gestures have a big collective impact on society according to Pier Forni, Ph.D., professor at Johns Hopkins University and co-founder and director of the Civility Initiative at Johns Hopkins.

“Civility and good manners are not trivial because they do the everyday busy work of goodness,” Forni said.  

The professor will explore why civility matters to our culture in his free, open-to-the-public presentation “Civility Counts” at 7 p.m. April 4 in Constitution Hall, Nigh University Center as a part of the University of Central Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts Speaker Series.

“Dr. Forni is one of the few scholars to address the various contours of civility and why it is a paramount value to a healthy culture,” said Gary Steward, Jr., Ph.D., dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

Forni will address the meaning of civility, its basic rules, how it improves the quality of life, practical exercises of civility, technology of civility, and its consequences.

“Those who attend will gain a new way of looking at social interaction with others, as well as glean practical measures that can be employed to enhance their relationships, both personal and public,” said Steward.

Forni is the author of the 2002 bestseller “Choosing Civility: The Twenty-Five Rules for Considerate Conduct” and “The Civility Solution: What to Do When People Are Rude.”

In 1997, he co-founded the Johns Hopkins Civility Project, whose aim was to assess the significance of civility, manners and politeness in contemporary society. He was also co-director of “Reassessing Civility: Forms and Values at the End of the Century,” an international symposium which took place at Johns Hopkins University in March 1998.

For more information contact the College of Liberal Arts at 405-974-5348 or

Where: University of Central Oklahoma
Phone: 974-2000
Address: 100 N. University
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