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Civility Week: A History of Civility

October 7, 2021 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

It may come as a surprise to hear that the world is more civil than it once was. Headlines would seem to indicate that society is becoming less tolerable all the time, but that is mainly the effect of the constant access to information in our time; had there been an internet in medieval Europe, the news feeds would have been filled with incredible abuse and suffering. That the world is a safer, more civil place than it once was is statistically demonstrable; but the historical reasons behind the change are difficult to ascertain. Why has violence declined? Why is child abuse less tolerated than in earlier 7 centuries? Why are people more understanding and accepting of cultural differences? These are the
questions this lecture will address, and the answers may surprise you…

* The Civility Week Student Activity Card enables students to earn raffle tickets for event attendance. Cards are available for pick-up in SLC-105, stamped at in-person events, and an honor system is used to self-stamp at remote live events. Cards should be returned to SLC-105 at the end of Civility Week. Raffle winners will be contacted via email to collect gift certificates and Brookdale gear!


Presented by Dr. David Bassano, Associate Professor of History


October 7, 2021
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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