USD to Host 2nd Annual Conference on Civility

The University of San Diego’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) will host the 2nd Annual Conference on Restoring Civility to Civic Dialogue on Wednesday, February 20, at the University’s Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (IPJ).

USD President Mary E. Lyons, PhD, and Carl Luna, PhD, Professor of Political Science at San Diego Mesa College invite the San Diego community to attend the conference which seeks to explore the ways in which civility can be promoted and restored in public discourse and in future political campaigns.

The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Luna and will include remarks from Reverend George Walker Smith, founder of the Catfish Club of San Diego; Mary Lyons, PhD, president of the University of San Diego; and Constance Carroll, PhD, chancellor of the San Diego Community College District.

Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post will deliver remarks as the conference’s keynote speaker. Panelists include Jeff Light, editor UT-San Diego; Martha Barnette, co-host of Public Radio’s A Way With Words; Marty Block, former California State Senator; Maria Nieto Senour, PhD, psychology professor at San Diego State University and 10News anchor Virginia Cha.

WHO: The University of San Diego
WHAT: 2nd Annual Conference on Restoring Civility to Civic Dialogue
WHERE: The University of San Diego’s Joan Kroc Institute for Peace and
Justice (IPJ)
WHEN: Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

For more information visit or contact Carl Luna at or (619) 507-7246.

Admission is free and open to the public.

A brief media availability with Eugene Robinson will follow his keynote address at approximately 10 a.m.

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.