Law Day 2012: Richard Dreyfuss - Video
In recognition of Law Day 2012, the Library of Congress hosted actor Richard Dreyfuss for a discussion focused on the Dreyfuss Initiative, a nonprofit organization that aims to revitalize civics education in public schools. For the past seven years, Dreyfuss has been traveling the nation advocating the teaching of civics and the restoration of civil debate in America.

Speaker Biography: Richard Dreyfuss, who has starred on stage and screen for nearly five decades in works ranging from the comedic to Shakespeare, has also spent four years studying (2004- 2008) at St. Antony's College at Oxford University. His role as an aspiring actor in "The Goodbye Girl" won him the Academy award. Many of his films appear on the American Film Institute's most recent list of the greatest 100 films. They include "The Graduate," "American Graffiti," and "Jaws." An Academy Award nominee for best actor, for his role in "Mr. Holland's Opus," Dreyfuss was presented the 2000 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Hollywood Film Festival. He frequently returns to his roots in theater, with starring roles on Broadway and off Broadway in productions like "The Exonerated," a work whose theme underscores his life-long commitment to social justice.
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january 2013
TV Anchor Uses Hurtful Email as Opportunity for Civility - Video
Upon being told she is obese by a viewer, Jennifer Livingston uses his comments as a discussion starter about bullying and the need to be kinder to one another.
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december 2012
Civil Conversations Project: The Future of Music - Video
Redefining the definition of marriage is a monumental cultural transition. But we’ve reduced our public deliberation of this matter – even inside our religious institutions – to a matter of votes and laws. The reality is, even one-third of Democrats still express opposition to gay marriage. But younger people of every political and moral persuasion are coming to a collective comfort level and consensus. Jonathan Rauch is a gay man and gay marriage advocate who respects the values and concerns of social conservatives and wants them taken seriously. David Blankenhorn is a self-identified liberal democrat and long time family and marriage advocate, who testified for gay marriage opponents during California’s Prop. 8 ballot initiative. But he has recently withdrawn his legal opposition to gay marriage, acknowledging the emerging moral consensus. They have developed a friendship that has surprised and changed them both. We’ll listen in on their common struggle to respond compassionately to both sides of our human and civilizational encounter with same sex union, and to discuss it in terms of civil society and a pro-family agenda.
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december 2012
Political Bridge People: : Restoring Civility to the DebtDiscussion - Video
A veteran Republican senator and Democratic economist are political bridge people who have brought differing approaches and shared love of country to generations of economic policy. In this tense political moment, they offer straight talk and wise perspective — and won't let partisan gridlock have the last word. The fourth and final dialogue from our The Civil Conversations Project.
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december 2012
What Would You Be Willing to Sacrifice? - Video
"This project isn't about making images. It's not about creating the world's largest camera. It's about doing what you love. If you had been searching your whole life for something you love, what would you be willing to sacrifice?"
~Ian Ruhter, from Silver & Light
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november 2012
Som Sabadell Flashmob - Video
On the 130th anniversary of the founding of Banco Sabadell we wanted to pay homage to our city by means of the campaign "Som Sabadell" (We are Sabadell) . This is the flashmob that we arranged as a final culmination with the participation of 100 people from the Vallès Symphony Orchestra, the Lieder, Amics de l'Òpera and Coral Belles Arts choirs.
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november 2012
It Gets Better: Dan and Terry - Video
If you're gay or lesbian or bi or trans, and you've ever read about a kid like Billy Lucas and thought, "Fuck, I wish I could've told him that it gets better," this is your chance. We can't help Billy, but there are lots of other Billys out there—other despairing LGBT kids who are being bullied and harassed, kids who don't think they have a future—and we can help them....
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november 2012
Krista Tippett: Reconnecting with Compassion - Video
http://www.ted.com The term "compassion" -- typically reserved for the saintly or the sappy -- has fallen out of touch with reality. At a special TEDPrize@UN, journalist Krista Tippett deconstructs the meaning of compassion through several moving stories, and proposes a new, more attainable definition for the word.
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november 2012
Connections: Thank You - Slideshow
Curator of American sculpture Thayer Tolles contemplates art created out of gratitude.
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november 2012
Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour In Company and Conversation: George Washington - PDF
A youthful George Washington copied out these 110 simple "Rules of Civility & Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation" as a school training exercise. This code of conduct is a simplified version of Francis Hawkins' Youths Behavior, or Decency in Conversation Amongst Men, which was based on a sixteenth-century set of rules compiled for young gentlemen by Jesuit instructors. Washington's handwriting, grammar, and spelling reflect his youth, and the "Rules" reflect his strong desire to be a gentleman planter.
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may 2012
Daily Show: Jon Stewart’s Introduction: A True Moment of Civility - Video
In all I’ve read and pondered these past days, nothing has galvanized me more than Jon Stewart’s introductory remarks in his show on Monday night. If anyone could have used the powerful media space at his disposal to parody vitriol and point to it as a direct cause of last weekend’s violence, it was Stewart.

He did not. He suspended humor and spoke from the heart about the seriousness of the moment. He admitted that it would be easier to point the finger and find blame, but one can’t do that with integrity in this case. And still, he noted, It would “be really nice if the ramblings of crazy people didn’t at all resemble the way people talk to each other on TV.”
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february 2012
Debate: Face-to-Face Exchanges - PDF
Debate trains students to look at all sides of an issue, to examine complex ideas and to develop oral, research and critical thinking skills. Debate is intrinsic to American culture, from debating societies to Lincoln-Douglas debates and televised debates of candidates for president.
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february 2012
Alive Enough? - Website
Sherry Turkle directs the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self. Her book, Alone Together, created a catchword for anxiety about the alienating potential of technology. But that's not really her message. We explore the real challenge she poses — that we can and must lead examined lives with our digital objects — actively shaping technology to human purposes.
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july 2011
Sidling Up to Difference with Kwame Anthony Appiah - Website
Our Civil Conversations Project continues with the Ghanaian-British-American philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah. His parents' marriage helped inspire the movie Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. He's studied ethics in a world of strangers and how unimaginable social change happens. We explore his erudite yet down-to-earth take on disarming moral hostilities in America now.
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may 2011
Civility, History, and Hope - Website
As part of our Civil Conversations Project, we experience the civil rights veteran Vincent Harding. He has a long lens of wisdom on contemporary divisions and confusions. He says America is still a developing nation when it comes to democratic encounter across real difference. But he finds hope in the young people he's been bringing into creative contact with civil rights elders for decades. They are his answer to the question that drives him: "Is America possible?"
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february 2011
Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - LIBRARY OF RESOURCES
Calling it "her greatest accomplishment," Eleanor Roosevelt was a primary instigator behind the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which declares the dignity of all people.
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february 2011
Dignity of Difference - Website
A stimulating conversation with one of the world's great thinkers on the promise and perils of religion. He senses that a core imperative of the 21st century is that we must cultivate strong identities as a way to honor what he evocatively calls "the dignity of difference."
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february 2011
Words That Shimmer - Website
Poetry is something many of us seem to be hungry for these days. We're hungry for fresh ways to tell hard truths and redemptive stories, for language that would elevate and embolden rather than demean and alienate. Elizabeth Alexander shares her sense of what poetry works in us — and in our children — and why it may become more relevant, not less so, in hard and complicated times.
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february 2011
Vitality of the Struggle - Website
The naturalist and writer Terry Tempest Williams offers notions of neighborliness, sacred rage, and beauty as a matter of survival. And she sheds light on the American West as a crucible of American divides and possibilities.
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february 2011
Listening Beyond Life and Choice - Website
Frances Kissling is known for her longtime activism on the abortion issue but has devoted her energy more in recent years to real relationship and new conversations across that bitter divide. She's learned, she's written, about the courage to be vulnerable in front of those with whom we passionately disagree.
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february 2011
Little Things Are Big - Video
In the 1950s, segregation and ideas about "race" shaped the way Americans in all parts of the nation saw one another as well as the way they saw themselves. As writer Jesus Colon discovered on a subway ride in New York City, those ideas also influenced the decisions people made about one another.
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february 2011
Little Things Are Big - DOC
Political scientist Benjamin Barber defines civility as "a work of the imagination, for it is through the imagination that we render others sufficiently like ourselves that we view them as worthy of tolerance and respect, if not always affection."
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february 2011
. President Obama: Memorial in Arizona - Video
The President speaks at a memorial event for the victims of the tragic shooting in Arizona, "Together We Thrive: Tucson and America."
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january 2011
Why Coolidge Matters: How Civility in Politics Can Bring a Nation Together - Video
Contributors to a new book on the Calvin Coolidge legacy make a compelling case for revisiting and learning from the moral tenor and style that defined the Coolidge presidency.
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december 2010
Restoring Political Civility - Website
Guest Richard Mouw challenges his fellow conservative Christians to civility in public discourse. He offers historical as well as spiritual perspective on American Evangelicals' navigation of disagreement, fear, and truth.
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october 2010

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