Arizona Forum on Civil Communication hosted by HDSHC

“Accessing Civility: Arizona Forum on Civil Communication” brought 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, was held Feb 3-4, 2012 in the Memorial Union, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.

John Genette, a HDSHC alumnus, originally designed Civil Dialogue in 2004 as a way to explore citizen reaction to political rhetoric. He and Jennifer Linde, lecturer and Artistic Director for The Empty Space, facilitated dialogues in both the 2004 and 2008 presidential campaigns. Clark Olson, Instructional Professional and former Director of Forensics, has collaborated with Genette and Linde in the development of the format. They have facilitated Civil Dialogues with community groups and university students, taught the format to graduate students as an innovative research method, and trained National Communication Association educators and practitioners the process of staging and facilitating Civil Dialogues.