Brookdale more fully reopens in fall of 2021 after an unusually tumultuous 18 months, marked by a devastating pandemic and tremendous socio-political upheaval.

Welcome to Civility Week

October 4 – 8, 2021

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, which takes place October 4 – 8, 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, which takes place Monday, October 4 at 6:00 pm, features 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 will host 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 events that you can attend in support of fellow Brookdalians and in order to enhance your knowledge and understanding of civility. The Civility Week Schedule of Events will be distributed to all members of the Brookdale community by September 1, 2021.

Schedule of Programs

Monday, October 4, 11:00 am – 11:45 am, ZOOM
Jill Donovan, Career, Leadership and Transfer Pathways “Professionalism in the Workplace”

Monday, October 4 at 6:00 pm, Navesink I II III rooms, located in the Student Life Center
Keynote speaker, Steven Petrow


Tuesday, October 5, 11:45 am – 12:30 pm, Navesink I room, located in the Student Life Center
Bryan Cocchiara, Philosophy “East Meets West: Aristotle and Confucius on Virtue and Civility”

Tuesday, October 5, 11:45 am – 1:15 pm, Navesink III room, located in the Student Life Center
Dr. Jacquelynn Seeley, Criminal Justice “Civility in Encounters Between the Public and Police”

Tuesday, October 5, 11:45 am – 1:15 pm, ZOOM 
Angela Kariotis, Office of Government Affairs and Community Relations “Living Room Conversations #1”

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


Wednesday, October 6,  11:00 am – 1:00 pm Navesink III room, located in the Student Life Center
Angela Kariotis, Office of Government Affairs and Community Relations “Asking the Unanswerable Questions”

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

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


Thursday, October 7, 11:45 am -12:45 pm, Navesink I room, located in the Student Life Center
Sara Burrill, Maeve Harrington and Emily Maxim (students), Human Services “To Be Civil is To Be Stigma-Free”

Thursday, October 7, 11:45 am – 1:00 pm, Navesink III room, located in the Student Life Center
Dr. Barbara Jones and Dr. Matthew Kalos, Anthropology “Is That a Dog on Your Plate?: A Dialog on Discourse and Social Awareness”

Thursday, October 7, 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm, ZOOM
Dr. Diditi Mitra, Sociology “Sociology, Self-reflexivity and Inequality”

Thursday, October 7, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm, Navesink II room, located in the Student Life Center
Dr. David Bassano, History “A History of Civility”


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

Friday, October 8, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm, ZOOM
Jeanette Falotico, Jean Guerdy Paul, Isabel Shaw and Yaritza Ortega (students), The Dreamers Club, Innovation Network and International
Society Asia Society “From Building a Garden to Building a Community”