8th Annual Conference, 2019

Restoring Respect's Eighth Annual Conference on Restoring Civility to Civic Dialogue: 

Restoring Civic Literacy: Revitalizing Civic Education Across Our Community

"An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people."
— Thomas Jefferson.

The focus for the Institute for Civil Civic Engagement's 2019 Conference was Restoring Civic Literacy: Revitalizing Civic Education across our Community. The conference convened educational and civic leaders from across our region and state to discuss current best practices and strategies to improve Civic education and literacy for students and across our broader community. Democracies can die in an age of post-truth. This conference was a call to action to restore truth, facts and knowledge to our public discourse.  


Keynote Address: 

Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of California

Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of California

"The Critical Role of Civic Education in Sustaining Democracy"

Speakers and Panelists: 

The Reverend George Walker Smith, Founder, Catfish Club; Constance Carroll, PhD, Chancellor, San Diego Community College District; Gail Baker, PhD, Vice President and Provost, USD; Maria Nieto Senour, PhD, President, San Diego Community College District Board of Trustees; Stephen Ferruolo, JD, Dean and Professor, USD School of Law; Tom Karlo, General Manager, KPBS; Cindy Marten, Superintendent, San Diego Unified School District; Ricky Shabazz, EdD, President, San Diego City College;  Hon. Judith D. McConnellChair, California Power of Democracy Steering Committee, Co-Chair San Diego Civic Learning Partnership; Haney Hong, President & CEO, San Diego County Taxpayers Association; Elizabeth Ashford, USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State & Global Policy; Noelle Norton, PhD, Dean, University of San Diego College of Arts and Sciences; Miranda McGowan, JD, Professor of Law, USD School of Law; Carl Luna, PhD, Director, Institute for Civil Civic Engagement; Sofia Castellani-Staedler, President, Associated Student Government, San Diego Mesa College.

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