Arizona Forum on Civil Communication

Accessing Civility: Arizona Forum on Civil Communication seeks to bring together leaders, scholars, and community members who work to promote civility as the essential first step in constructive public dialogue. The Forum, presented by the Hugh Downs School for Human Communication at Arizona State University and co-sponsored by the National Communication Association, will be held Feb 3-4, 2012 in the Memorial Union, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. In a time when polarized and hostile speech dominate the media, our political arenas, and our everyday lives, Americans need to learn productive ways to communicate about important topics.

Proposals are being accepted through December 20, 2011, from individuals and groups that would like to showcase projects on the topic of civil communication. Suggested projects include academic research, community programs, civic initiatives, educational curricula, policy and legislative action, and citizen action groups. For example, panels will be presented on Civil DialogueTM, a unique format developed at ASU that encourages people to discuss “hot topics” with “cool heads,” and on Veteran – Civilian DialogueTM, a program of Intersections International in New York City.

The keynote address will be given by Stephen Littlejohn, Ph.D., a consultant for the Public Dialogue Consortium and a partner in Domenici Littlejohn in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Dr. Littlejohn specializes in designing and facilitating dialogue processes for groups, organizations, and communities.

For submission guidelines please contact Jennifer Linde at Deadline for submission is December 20, 2011, with notification of acceptance by December 31, 2011. Travel grants are available on a first come first serve basis.

Admission to “Accessing Civility: Arizona Forum on Civil Communication” is free and open to the public but limited to 75 participants. If you wish to register for the Forum without submitting a proposal, please contact Jennifer Linde at

February 3-4, 2012
Memorial Union