MU launches civility campaign

Monday, August 20, 2012 | 6:21 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A professor and co-founder of the Johns Hopkins Civility Project will give a free lecture about civility in the Internet age at MU on Wednesday. 

The talk by P.M. Forni, author of "Choosing Civility: The Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct," is the first event in a campaign that will kick off Oct. 29 at the MizzouDiversity Summit, a conference held every two years that calls attention to diversity on campus.

If you go

What: Lecture titled "Life is a Relational Experience: Civility in the Age of Google" by P.M. Forni, author of "Choosing Civility: The Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct" and professor at Johns Hopkins University

When: 7 p.m., Wednesday

Where: Memorial Union South, Jesse Wrench Auditorium, MU

Admission: Free. A book signing will follow.


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The Show Me Respect campaign was created by the MU Equity Office to spread civility across campus.

"It’s a grass-roots effort to really foster a much more civil environment for everyone," said Noor Azizan-Gardner, interim chief diversity officer of the Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative and director of diversity programming and professional development at MU.

Noel English, the director of the MU Equity Office and the campaign's organizer, said she hopes all MU departments and student organizations become involved. Participating groups will work to implement their own, different activities and events in the spirit of the Show Me Respect campaign, Azizan-Gardner said.

Forni is seen as "the go-to guy" for civility, English said. He originally was only going to talk to university chairs at their annual retreat, but Chancellor's Diversity Initiative staff decided to piggyback on that lecture, making it available to everyone, English said.

After his lecture, "Life is a Relational Experience: Civility in the Age of Google," Forni will sign copies of his book.

Upcoming Show Me Respect events will be posted on the website,

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