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March 26, 2011, 1:45 – 3:45 p.m.

Session 1: History

  • Richard R. Beeman, John Welsh Centennial Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania (moderator)
  • Alan Brinkley, Allan Nevins Professor of American History, Columbia University
  • Ken Burns, documentary filmmaker, Florentine Films
  • Sam Chaltain, educator and organizational change consultant
  • Joseph J. Kelly, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Humanities Council
  • Dayna Laur, educator, Central York High School
  • Jennifer Lee, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of California-Irvine
  • Stefanie Malone, Community Outreach Manager, KCTS 9
  • Daniel Okrent, author & journalist
  • Nicole Roper, educator, West Philadelphia Catholic High School
  • Ralph Young, Professor, Department of History, Temple University

Guiding Questions for Discussion

  • What are some historic examples of incivility and compromise? What can we learn about civility from the study of history?
  • How did leaders in history transcend incivility in order to get things done? What characteristics did these leaders have that enable them to successfully operate within a contentious political arena?