Welcome to Civility Week

Fall, 2021 Recap

Civility Statement

Brookdale Community College is committed to freedom of expression while maintaining a civil and ethical learning environment. We believe that a community composed of people with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and abilities promotes learning and engagement. We are responsible for treating one another with respect and kindness regardless of our differences.”

Transcending Divisions

Aligned with GCP’s theme of Transcending Divisions, the goal of Civility Week, is to enhance Brookdale’s collective understanding of civility – what it is, why it matters, and how it can strengthen interpersonal relationships, facilitate productive dialog, improve academic and workplace performance, and create an environment of care and inclusion.

Keynote Speaker: Steven Petrow, Award Winning Journalist and Author

The opening ceremony, featured keynote speaker, Steven Petrow. Petrow is an award-winning journalist who writes and speaks on the theoretical underpinnings of civility, its role in a just society, and how civility can be practiced every day. Petrow is author of the Civil Behavior column for the New York Times and the Civilities column for the Washington Post. His Ted Talk, 3 Ways to Practice Civility, has received nearly two million views.

Civility Week Events

Throughout Civility Week, Brookdale students, faculty and staff hosted civility-themed events in various formats, including but not limited to lecture presentations, panel discussions, interactive workshops and film screenings. The events combine to spotlight faculty scholarship and promote practically applicable learning.

Below is a listing of the events that you took place.

Schedule of Programs

Fall Civility Week Program Recordings

Monday, October 4, 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Jill Donovan, director, Bill Kelly and Anne Laporta, assistant directors of Career, Leadership and Transfer Pathways “Professionalism and Civility in the Workplace” Resource links: Library Resources on Civility; Assess Yourself; Christine Porath Ted Talk

Monday, October 4 at 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm ZOOM Recorded Link To View
Opening Ceremony and Keynote Event “Closer Than We Might Appear: A Conversation on Connection, Communication and Civil Discourse with Steven Petrow”  Moderated by Angela Kariotis, director of Diversity and Inclusion/CCOG


Tuesday, October 5, 11:45 am – 12:45 pm
Bryan Cocchiara, adjunct professor of Philosophy “East Meets West: Aristotle and Confucius on Virtue and Civility”

Tuesday, October 5, 11:45 am – 1:15 pm
Dr. Jacquelynn Seeley, chairman of Criminal Justice “Civility in Encounters with the Police”

Tuesday, October 5, 11:45 am – 1:15 pm
Angela Kariotis, director of Diversity and Inclusion/CCOG “Living Room Conversations #1”

Tuesday, October 5, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Professor Tricia D’Aloia Gandolfo, director of Nursing “Self-Care Leads to Greater Civility”  View Recording


Wednesday, October 6,  11:00 am – 1:00 pm 
Angela Kariotis, director of Diversity and Inclusion/CCOG “Asking the Unanswerable Questions: Setting the Stage for Change and Being Changed”

Wednesday, October 6, 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Laura McCullough, professor of English “Human & Humane: Trauma Informed, Non Violent Communication, and Compassionate Curiosity in the Classroom”  View Recording

Wednesday, October 6, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Dr. Sara Brown, director of Center for Holocaust Human Rights and Genocide Education “The Long Shadow”: A Film Screening and Q & A with Director Frances Causey View Recording


Thursday, October 7, 11:45 am -12:45 pm
Sara Burrill, associate professor of Psychology, Maeve Harrington and Emily Maxim, students, Human Services “To Be Civil Is To Be Stigma-Free”  View Recording

Thursday, October 7, 11:45 am – 1:00 pm
Dr. Barbara Jones, professor and Dr. Matthew Kalos, instructor of Anthropology “Is That a Dog On Your Plate?: A Dialog on Discourse and Social Awareness”

Thursday, October 7, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Dr. David Bassano, associate professor of History “A History of Civility”

Thursday, October 7, 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
Dr. Diditi Mitra, associate professor and Gabriella Green, student of Sociology “Sociology, Self-reflexivity and Inequality” View Recording.


Friday, October 8, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Dr. Christine Greco Covington, associate professor of Psychology “Empathy: Not Just a Feeling, But an Actionable Skill” View Recording

Friday, October 8, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Jeanette Falotico, founding principal of Trinity Consulting Group,  Yaritza Ortega, Jean Guerdy Paul and Isabel Shaw, students in The Innovation Network (TIN), Dreamers Club and Asian Society “From Building a Community to Building a Garden”