Join the conversation at upcoming symposium

September 8, 2017

Be part of the discussion when Jackson College hosts a college and community symposium on the topic of civility, Monday, Sept. 18 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Bert Walker Hall, Room 144 & 145.

Following high-profile events in the news, in politics and across the country on college campuses, Jackson College President Daniel J. Phelan called together a new task force earlier this year, Lux et Veritas, or light and truth. Lux et Veritas members are called to promote an inclusive, civil, diverse and secure campus for all students, staff, faculty and visitors. In deciding how to go about their charge, members have decided to host four symposia a year – two in fall, and two in winter. This first symposium will explore the concept of civility, while another in November will explore inclusion.

A panel comprised of faculty, staff and students will each have five minutes to address the question, “Why be civil?” Afterward, audience members will be invited to question or remark on the topic with the panel members. Professor Anthony Cleveland, psychology, will serve as moderator and will discuss the evolution of social morals. Other panelists will include Mary Jo Kennedy, student judicial officer and director of criminal justice programs; Elaine Themm, political science instructor; Lee Hampton, director of multicultural affairs; Del Belcher, social media specialist; and students Markyia Douglas, Anthony Forsythe and Nicole Cossum-Ready.

College and community members are welcome. Future symposia this winter semester will explore the role of academia in minimizing ignorance, and the final will explore the concept of truth and how one can know if something is true.