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The Civility Project - presented by Delta Dental

The Civility Project - presented by Delta Dental

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 (11:00 AM - 12:00 PM) (EDT)


Celebrated journalists Nolan Finley and Stephen Henderson have been friends for a long time, despite their different perspectives on pretty much everything. They agree on the importance of their friendship – which includes a healthy dose of daily disagreement and a bourbon-fueled bond.

Americans used to engage in civil conversation with people of opposing viewpoints – enjoying the banter and debate. Today, many Americans believe they can’t be friends with people whose politics are different. And with a global pandemic, erupting race inequities, and political upheaval, there is no better time to build civility than NOW.

The Civility Project seeks to bring people of opposing viewpoints together for healthy disagreement, personal interactions, and constructive conversations. In this hour-long workshop, participants will engage in enlightening discussions, learn to listen to others, and learn why listening is important.

The Civility Project places people before the moment of disagreement in discussing how we come to our beliefs and viewpoints. This judgment-free zone is a safe place to talk, express yourself, and be OK with the outcome.

Delta Dental is a proud sponsor of The Civility Project.

The Civility Project Platform

  • Agree to disagree
  • Engage in civil conversation
  • Build respect for each other’s humanity
  • Remain passionate about your views
  • Learn to listen to other sides
  • See the humanity in your opponent
  • Use what you hear to challenge or affirm your own views

The Civility Project Goal: Build healthy disagreement and dialogue across America

Nolan Finley
Nolan Finley began his newspaper career as a copy boy at The Detroit News while a senior in college. After a brief stint with the Jackson Citizen Patriot, he returned to The News as a reporter, covering the administration of Mayor Coleman A. Young. He's been the newspaper's City Editor, Business Editor, Politics Editor and Deputy Managing Editor. In 2000, he was named Editorial Page Editor and his columns have appeared in the newspaper ever since. As he wrote in his introductory column, Finley is a product of The News and the Detroit community. He graduated from both Schoolcraft College and Wayne State University and in 2012 was inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame. He is an outdoorsman, bourbon aficionado and rabid University of Kentucky basketball fan. He is a native of Cumberland County, Ky., where he still maintains a home.

Stephen Henderson
Stephen Henderson is an American journalist who won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for commentary and the 2014 National Association of Black Journalists Journalist of the Year Award while writing for the Detroit Free Press. A native of Detroit, Stephen is a graduate of the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and the University of Michigan. Since 2015, he has been the host of “Detroit Today” on WDET. He has worked for the Baltimore Sun, the Chicago Tribune, the Lexington Herald-Leader and Knight Ridder.

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