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USD conference to focus on restoring civility to civic dialogue in San Diego

SAN DIEGO -- During election seasons - especially in presidential election years - the dialogue surrounding the candidates and issues can become anything but cordial.

In an effort to find ways to mitigate the rise of incivility amongst individuals, community leaders, public officials and the media in San Diego, the University of San Diego (USD) will host the first annual Community Conference on Restoring Civility to Civic Dialogue on Monday, April 9.

Organizers hope that during the free half-day conference participants will create a Commitment to Principles of Civility, which is a statement of basic principles San Diegans can embrace in their lives.

"We seek to make San Diego not only America's Finest City but the nation's Most Civil Community as well," conference organizers wrote in a statement.

The keynote speaker at the event will be political columnist Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee. A panel of community leaders, moderated by San Diego Mesa College political science professor Carl Luna, Ph.D., will include:

- Constance Carroll, Ph.D., Chancellor, San Diego Community College District

- Murray Galinson, Director, National Conflict Resolution Center

- Larry Hinman, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy, University of San Diego

- Tony Perry, San Diego Bureau Chief, Los Angeles Times

- Tom Shepard, President and CEO, Shepard & Associates

Registration to the event is free, and includes free parking on the USD campus on the day of the conference.

For more information or to register click HERE.

USD is located at 5998 Alcala Park in Linda Vista. The conference will take place in the Joan Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice on the campus.