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How and When To Be Civil
November 11 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Philosophers, politicians, and talking heads everywhere are decrying an apparent breakdown of civility in our public discourse. Rising partisanship, extremism, and an increasingly contentious social media environment are combining to fracture our political community and make our public discussions cruel and fruitless.
But what does it mean to be “civil,” really, and is it as high a value as many believe? In this Platform we’ll explore what “civility” means, and how it can cultivate—or stifle—community.
Split Collection—Half of today’s undesignated* collection will be donated to Winter Outreach, an all-volunteer collective seeking to prevent persons experiencing homelessness from dying on the streets of St. Louis during the frigid winter season.
(*If you pay your membership pledge through the collection, write “pledge” on your check, and it will not be divided.)