IJPM Director Publishes New Book

Is civility dead? Americans ask this question every election season, but their concern is hardly limited to political campaigns. Doubts about civility regularly arise in just about every aspect of American public life. Rudeness runs rampant. Our news media is saturated with aggressive bluster and vitriol. Our digital platforms teem with expressions of disrespect and trolls. Reflecting these conditions, surveys show that a significant majority of Americans believe we are living in an age of unusual anger and discord. Everywhere we look, there seems to be conflict and hostility, with shared respect and consideration nowhere to be found. In a country that encourages thick skins and speaking one’s mind, is civility even possible, let alone desirable?

In How Civility Works, Keith J. Bybee explores the “crisis” in civility, looking closely at how civility intertwines with our long history of boorish behavior and the ongoing quest for pleasant company. Bybee argues that the very features that make civility ineffective and undesirable also point to civility’s power and appeal. Can we all get along? If we live by the contradictions on which civility depends, then yes, we can, and yes, we should.

For more information, including excerpts and reviews, go here.

How Civility Works

Law & Pop Culture

Lecture Poster - April 13

Law, Politics, and the Media Lecture Series

Time: Wednesday, April 13th at 4:00 PM

Location: Dineen Hall, Feinberg Lecture Hall – Room 360

Law & Pop Culture 

Speaker: Robert Thompson

Dubbed the “pop culture ambassador” by the Associated Press, Robert Thompson has contributed to hundreds of radio and TV programs and publications.

He is the founding director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture and a Trustee Professor of Television and Popular Culture at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

Co-sponsored by The Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics, and the Media, and The Tully Center for Free Speech

At the Intersection of Journalism and Law: How a Reporter Covers Judges, Prosecutors, Defense Attorneys, and Civil Litigators

Lecture Poster - April 6

Law, Politics, and the Media Lecture Series

Time: Wednesday, April 6th at 4:00 PM

Location: Dineen Hall, Feinberg Lecture Hall – Room 360

 At the Intersection of Journalism and Law: How a Reporter Covers Judges, Prosecutors, Defense Attorneys, and Civil Litigators

Speaker: Ken Armstrong

Armstrong is a 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winner in investigative reporting. He is currently a staff reporter for The Marshall Project, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization covering America’s criminal justice system.

Co-sponsored by The Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics, and the

Media, The Tully Center for Free Speech, and The Kissel Fund for Civil

Combating Foreign Fighter & Terrorist Travel

Lecture Poster - March 30-page-001 (1)

Law, Politics, and the Media Lecture Series

Time: Wednesday, March 30th at 4:00 PM

Location: Dineen Hall, Feinberg Lecture Hall – Room 360

Combating Foreign Fighter & Terrorist Travel

 Congressman John M. Katko ‘88

Congressman John M. Katko was elected to represent the 24th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2014. He currently serves on the House Homeland Security Committee as the Chair of the Transportation Security subcommittee.

Prior to his Congressional service, he was a federal prosecutor for twenty years.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

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Lecture Poster March 23

 

Law, Politics, and the Media

Lecture Series

Time: Wednesday, March 23rd at 4:00 PM

Location: Dineen Hall, Feinberg Lecture Hall – Room 360

Alternative Dispute Resolution:

Perspectives from a Judge

Hon. Joanne F. Alper ‘72

The Hon. Joanne Alper served on the Circuit Court for the Seventeenth Circuit of Virginia, and currently works as a Neutral with the McCammon Group.

Judge Alper helped to establish the Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics, and the Media, bringing the College of Law, the Maxwell School, and the Newhouse School together.