2017 - 2018 University Colloquium Series

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Civility

Building Bridges: Conversations Outside Our Comfort Zone

For some, the word “civility” is synonymous with forced smiles. The word can imply tolerance, biting your tongue, or maintaining decorum when you’d rather scream. With this year’s Colloquium, however, we challenge our community to a deeper, more complex definition of this word. We return to the original, 14th-century association of civility with citizenship. In this context, civility describes active participation and engagement with all of the voices and experiences that make up a community. True civility results from courageous acts of radical empathy. As Henry Wadsworth Longfellow famously said, “If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.” This year we call our community to a civility that begins with walking in unfamiliar, perhaps even uncomfortable, shoes.

Matthew Desmond

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
7:00 PM Florida Hospital Church
Matthew Desmond

Matthew Desmond is a bestselling author, professor of sociology at Princeton University, winner of the 2015 MacArthur Genius grant, and noted urban ethnographer. His New York Times bestselling book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize among other distinctions, and was named one of the Top Books of 2016 by nearly three dozen outlets.

Daryl Davis

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
7:00 PM Florida Hospital Church
Daryl Davis

Daryl Davis is an accomplished musician and actor who has worked with celebrated musical artists and appeared on the critically acclaimed TV show The Wire. But his achievements have extended far past the stage with his incredible work as a lecturer, author, and expert on race relations. His book, Klan-Destine Relationships, details his experiences as a black man exploring racism by opening lines of communication with members of the notorious Ku Klux Klan.