Restoring Respect Ninth Annual Conference with Keynote by Cindy McCain

Restoring Respect Ninth Annual Conference with Keynote by Cindy McCain

Date and Time

  • Wednesday, April 8, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, Theatre

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




Please plan on attending Restoring Respect's Ninth Annual Conference on Restoring Civility to Civic Dialogue on April 8 at the University of San Diego from 9 a.m. to noon. Our keynote address will be given by Cindy McCain speaking about her and the McCain Institute’s #ActsofCivility initiative, launched last year in memory of her late husband, Senator McCain. "Acts of Civility" will be the conference theme for this year as we discuss rebuilding civility during the coming contentious, polarized and uncivil 2020 election year. 

Mrs. McCain will be interviewed about living the legacy of Senator McCain and his dedication to our being a civil nation. "Senator McCain didn't always agree with his colleagues in Congress, but he always respected them. There was nothing he enjoyed more than debating the most pressing issues of the time on the floor of the Senate with his good friend, the late Senator Ted Kennedy, shaking hands at the end of their discussion, and then sharing lunch with one another as friends. Sadly, this type of civil engagement is all too rare lately. But we can do something to help reignite a spirit of civility." (Cindy McCain, 2019)  

Our Speakers Include:

  • The Reverend George Walker Smith (by video)
  • Constance Carroll, PhD, Chancellor, San Diego Community College District
  • James Harris, DEd, President, University of San Diego
  • Tom Karlo, General Manager, KPBS Radio and Television
  • Jeff Light, Publisher and Editor, San Diego Union Tribune

Leadership Panel: #ActsofCivility Across San Diego:

  • Elizabeth Fitzsimons, Vice President Leadership & Engagement, Lead San Diego
  • Nancy Maldonado, CEO, the Chicano Federation
  • Debbie McKeon, President and CEO, San Diego Grantmakers
  • Holly Smithson, CEO, Athena
  • Dr. Luke Wood, Chief Diversity Officer, San Diego State University

Join us for a timely and inspirational discussion about how we can bring #actsofcivility into our personal and institutional missions and turn the tide on uncivil times.


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This event is open to the public

Post Contact

Carl Luna
(619) 260-6870