'Choosing Civility' author to give free public lecture

Forni on campus as part of Lynn’s Dialogues of Learning Speaker Series

Published Mar. 02, 2010

P.M. Forni, an award-winning professor at Johns Hopkins University, is an expert on civility. Author of Choosing Civility: The Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct, Forni will: give a lecture on March 16 at 9:30 a.m. in the Amarnick-Goldstein Concert Hall on Lynn’s campus.

Later that afternoon, at 4 p.m., Forni will serve on a panel along with Lynn students and professors to discuss civility and conflict in Nilo Cruz’ Pulitzer Prize winning play: Anna and the Tropics. The panel discussion will be held in the de Hoernle Lecture Hall in the Green Center on campus. Both the lecture and panel discussion are free and open to the public.

Forni will speak to the campus community as part of Lynn’s Dialogues of Learning Speaker Series, a series designed to encourage dialogue among students and staff as is designated in Lynn’s core curriculum. “Choosing Civility: The Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct was chosen as required reading material in the Dialogues of Learning for all first-year students,“ said Cynthia Patterson, Vice President for Academic Affairs.

As its’ title suggests, Forni’s book outlines 25 things people can do everyday to make daily interactions more pleasant. “As a university community, civility is essential to learning and to all forms of scholarly inquiry and freedom of thought and expression,” said Patterson. “It is always worthwhile to renew our commitment to our values as a civil community.”

Forni will conduct daylong sessions on the topic of civility for the Lynn community on campus:

  • 8:30 a.m. – Question and answer session with Lynn faculty in the Henke Room
  • *9:30 a.m. – Lecture in the Amarnick-Goldstein Concert Hall
  • Noon – Private President’s luncheon with Forni in the Henke Room
  • 2:30 p.m. – Customer service workshop for Lynn employees in the Amarnick-Goldstein Concert Hall
  • *4 p.m. – Forni will serve on a panel along with Lynn students and professors to discuss civility and conflict in Nilo Cruz’ Pulitzer Prize winning play: Anna and the Tropics in the de Hoernle Lecture Hall in the Green Center

*These events are free and open to the public

An award-winning civility and Italian literature professor at Johns Hopkins University, where he has taught for the past 20 years, Forni recommends people to: think twice before asking favors, give constructive criticism, refrain from idle complaints, respect others’ opinions, don't shift responsibility and blame, among other things. He also offers practical ways to put these everyday gestures into practice.

In 1997, Forni co-founded the Johns Hopkins Civility Project to assess the significance of civility, manners and politeness in contemporary society. Over the years, he has continued to illustrate the connections among civility, ethics and quality of life.

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