Restoring Respect - 7th Annual Conference on Restoring Civility to Civic Dialogue


Media Literacy: Finding Truth in a Post Truth World.

“Fake news is a sign of intolerant and hypersensitive attitudes, and leads only to the spread of arrogance and hatred. That is the end result of untruth.” -Pope Francis 

“An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people.” -Thomas Jefferson

Fake news and deliberate disinformation in both traditional and social media poses a serious threat to our democracy and the civil health of our communities. This year’s Restoring Respect conference is dedicated to the theme of Media Literacy: Finding Truth in a Post Truth World. With workshops, speakers and panels across three days (April 10, 11 & 12) at San Diego City College, San Diego Mesa College and the University of San Diego, renowned Pulitzer prize winning and award winning journalists, media experts and community leaders will explore the issue of “fake news,” its impact on the health of our democracy and tools and methods to discern truth from disinformation.


Conference Events

Plenary Session, April 11, 2018 8am-Noon Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theater (Centerpiece Event)

  • Welcome Remarks: The Reverend George Walker Smith, founder, Catfish Club; James Harris, Ph.D., President, University of San Diego; Constance Carroll, Ph.D., Chancellor, San Diego Community College District; Mara Elliot, City Attorney, City of San Diego

Keynote Address: News, Funny News and Fake News

  • Introduction: Tom Karlo, General Manager KPBS Radio & Television
  • Keynote Speaker: Steve Breen, San Diego Union Tribune Pulitzer Prize Winning Political Cartoonist 

Spotlight Panel: Finding Truth in a Post Truth World

  • City Attorney Mara Elliot
  • Matt Hall, Union Tribune editorial and opinion director
  • Kathleen Bade, San Diego Fox 5 Evening News Anchor
  • Natalie Walsh, KPBS executive producer for news
  • Scott Lewis, Voice of San Diego Editor in Chief
  • Tony Perry, Former LA Times Pulitzer Prize winning reporter.
  • Moderator: Carl Luna, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, San Diego Mesa College, Director, Institute for Civil Civic Engagement. 

Workshop, April 11, 2018 12:30pm-2:30pm Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice AB

“Sorting Fake News From Real News Without Starting a Fistfight: The Practicality of Civil Dialogue”

  • Faculty and staff from the Institute for Civil Dialogue (Arizona State University) conducts a workshop on using Civil Dialogue® (CD) to drive fact-based dialogues on your campuses and in your communities and organizations.

Additional Events (April 10 Mesa College and April 12 City College)

Workshop, April 10, 2018 9:00AM -10:30AM San Diego Mesa College LRC 435

Tools for Being Media Savvy in an Age of Fake News

  • Union Tribune award-winning journalist and editorial and opinion director Matthew Hall conducts a 90-minute workshop on distinguishing fact from fiction in news and social media.

Workshop, April 12, 2018 9:00AM -10:30AM San Diego City College MS-162

Pluralism & Journalism

  • Pulitzer Prize winning author Sonia Nazario (Enrique’s Journey) discusses Journalism, Pluralism &  Truth  in a 90 minute program at San Diego City College.

Workshop, April 12, 2018 1:00pm -2:30pm San Diego City College MS-162

Media, Fake News & Local Politics

  • San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliot speaks with students about the impact of truth and media on local politics in a 90 minute program at San Diego City College.