Monday, February 21, 2011

NYT: UA Setting Up Civility Institution

Posted By on Mon, Feb 21, 2011 at 12:47 AM

The New York Times reports that in the wake of the Jan. 8 shooting, the UA is setting up the National Institute for Civil Discourse:

The University of Arizona — whose Tucson campus President Obama used for his nationwide address on civility after the shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords last month — will announce on Monday that it is establishing an institute to promote compromise among opposing political parties and views, the organization’s director said on Sunday.

The honorary chairmen of the foundation, to be called the National Institute for Civil Discourse, will be President Bill Clinton and President George H. W. Bush, said the director, Brint Milward, who also leads the university’s School of Government and Public Policy.

Dr. Milward said the institute would focus on political disagreements “from the grass roots all the way to the top.”

“In a great democracy, it’s important for people to hold fast to principles, but at the same time to understand where they might be able to compromise,” he said.

We imagine it's only a matter of time before GOP state lawmakers find a way to defund it or pass a law forcing it to disband.

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