Previous Civility Week themes and presentations

Centering Our Collective Stories: Listening As an Act of Civility

Keynote Address – “Civility in the Midst of Unrest”
Presented by Minister Kerwin Webb, Pastor at the Second Baptist Church of Asbury Park and President of the Greater Red Bank Area NAACP.
How can one be expected to be civil in the face of danger and attack? Looking at 40-foot waves as they come rushing towards your dwelling is no time to be polite and calm.  In his keynote address, Minister Kerwin Webb, addresses the value of civility and probes the possibility of remaining civil even in the most difficult times.  Watch recording of presentation.


“Civil Conversation – It Can Be Done!”
Presented by Joe Ritacco, Board Member of the Monmouth Center for World Religions and Ethical Thought
If so, this presentation and workshop on civil conversation will help you manage such situations. Civil conversation is a skill that can be learned! Learning this skill can lead to improved, even repaired, interpersonal relationships and ease the formation of new relationships. Lastly, it can help you learn from others by asking those important, sensitive questions.
Watch recording of the presentation.


“Understanding that People with Disabilities Are, in fact, People”
Presented by Orrie Schulman, Founder of Caring With Compassion
Link to recorded presentation.

“Can Queer People Afford Civility?” 
Presented by Leah Wasacz, Brookdale Writing Center Tutor
Link to recorded presentation.

“Stories Behind the American Dream”
Presented by Dr. Ashley Zampogna-Krug, Assistant Professor of History, & Frank Wyman Scholarship Students Jesus Calle Bula and Bianca Japitana
Examine a history of undocumented immigration in the United States through the stories of immigrants, both those of the past and those from today. Link to the recorded presentation.

 “Suffragist Speak: Race, Slavery, and the Fight for the Vote”
Presented by Dr. Connie Goddard, Education Director for the American Association of University Women – Northern Monmouth County Branch, & Gilda Rogers, Adjunct Professor of History and Executive Director of the T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center

Transcending Divisions

Keynote Speaker: Steven Petrow, Award Winning Journalist and Author

The opening ceremony, featured keynote speaker, Steven Petrow 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.

Program & Recordings

“Professionalism and Civility in the Workplace”  Presented by Jill Donovan, director, Bill Kelly and Anne Laporta, assistant directors of Career, Leadership and Transfer Pathways
Resource links: Library Resources on Civility; Assess Yourself; Christine Porath Ted Talk

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

“Self-Care Leads to Greater Civility”  Presented by Professor Tricia D’Aloia Gandolfo, director of Nursing

“Human & Humane: Trauma Informed, Non Violent Communication, and Compassionate Curiosity in the Classroom” Presented by Laura McCullough, professor of English

 “The Long Shadow”: A Film Screening and Q & A with Director Frances Causey Presented by Dr. Sara Brown, director of Center for Holocaust Human Rights and Genocide Education

“To Be Civil Is To Be Stigma-Free”Presented by Sara Burrill, associate professor of Psychology, Maeve Harrington and Emily Maxim, students, Human Services 

“Sociology, Self-reflexivity and Inequality” Presented by Dr. Diditi Mitra, associate professor of Sociology and Gabriella Green, student of Sociology

“Empathy: Not Just a Feeling, But an Actionable Skill” Presented by Dr. Christine Greco Covington, associate professor of Psychology