Restoring Respect

Restoring Respect is a community initiative promoting greater civility in San Diego civic dialogue. The initiative is supported by a consortium of San Diego area academic institutions and community groups including the Catfish Club of San Diego, the San Diego Community College District and the University of San Diego.

Restoring Respect's Ninth Annual VIRTUAL Conference
on Restoring Civility to Civic Dialogue

#ActsOfCivility : A Conversation With Cindy McCain

October 7, 2020. 

PLENARY PROGRAM: 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.  #ActsofCivility: A Conversation With Cindy McCain

Profile picture of Cindy McCain


  • The Reverend George Walker Smith (video tribue)
  • Cindy Marten, Superintendent, San Diego Unified School District 
  • Constance Carroll, PhD, Chancellor San Diego Community College District
  • Maria Senour, PhD, President, Board of Trustees, SDCCD
  • 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
  • Trudy Sopp, Representative, San Diego Retired Employees Association


Full Restoring Respect Interview with Cindy McCain  (C-SPAN 45-minutes)

Full Restoring Respect Morning Conference, (1 hour)

Afternoon panels (12:30-3:15 p.m.):

USD  Conversations: The Impact of Misinformation on American Democracy, Past & Present (12:30-1:45 p.m.)

Welcome: Noelle Norton, PhD, Dean, USD College of Arts and Sciences


  • Moderator: Caroline Klibanoff, Program Director, Smithsonian National Museum of American History
  • Stephanie Arduini, Deputy Director, and Director, Edward L. Ayers Center for Civil War and Emancipation Studies, American Civil War Museum
  • Ami Carpenter, Associate Professor, Kroc School of Peace Studies 
  • Matt Hall, Editorial and Opinion Editor, San Diego Union Tribune 
  • Louise Mirrer, President New York Historical Society
  • Shea Rhodes, Director and Co-Founder Villanova Law Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation  
  • Natalie Walsh, News Director, KPBS Radio and Television

Event hosted through USD's Humanities Center

Watch  Full Panel (75 minutes)


Voting 2020: Fact v. Fiction 

  • Moderator: Evan Crawford, PhD, Assistant Professor, Political Science and International Relations, USD PS/IR
  • Thad Kousser, PhD,Department Chair/ Professor of Political Science UCSD
  • Michael Vu, San Diego County Registrar of Voters
  • Lori Thiel, President,  San Diego League of Women Voters
  • Anne Omstead, President, San Diego League of Women Voters North County

Event hosted Through USD's Department of Political Science/International Relations

Watch Full Panel (75 Minutes)


Restoring Respect is an initiative of the Institute for Civil Civic Engagement.
Learn more about ICCE and how you can get involved.