Civil Discourse workshop

    Civil Discourse workshop on March 19 at Temple Emanu-El

    “You are cordially invited to attend and participate Civil Discourse: How do we do it? Monday, March 19, 2018 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Are you interested in restoring kindness and respect in the public sphere? Join with members of the Tucson community in discussing successful examples of civility and exploring how we bring more civility to our conversations. We’ll begin with six community leaders sharing stories of civility in action. Then we will break into small groups facilitated by neutral facilitators to tell our own stories. Share and learn principles and techniques of positive social influence that you can use to inspire cooperation and build community.


    Gregg Garfin, PhD, Deputy Director for Science Translation & Outreach, Institute of the Environment

    Raquel Goodrich, Deputy Director, National Institute for Civil Discourse

    Jeannette Mare, Ben’s Bells

    Jonathan Rothschild, Mayor, City of Tucson

    Catherine Tornbom, Center for Community Dialogue & Training

    Barbara Warren, Arizona Director, Physicians for Social Responsibility

    The moderator will be Stuart Moody, co-founder, Mindful Ambassadors of UA. Also joining the program is Tassneem Solieman, who will offer an opening meditation, and Twinfeathers, sharing the soothing sounds of the Native American Flute.

    Date: Monday, March 19, 2018 Registration: 6:30 pm Forum: 7-9 pm Location: Temple Emanu-El, 225 N Country Club Rd Cost: Free and open to the public Donations will be gratefully accepted to offset the cost of the event RSVP here:

    Sponsors: Ben’s Bells

    Center for Compassion Studies Center for Community Dialogue & Training

    National Institute for Civil Discourse

    Physicians for Social Responsibility

    Sustainable Tucson

    Questions? Contact Catherine Tornbom The Center for Community Dialogue & Training

    The Center helps Southern Arizonans talk about challenging issues and topics in a skilled, civil and respectful way. We offer trainings, mediation, community forums, and ongoing programs such as Peace Circles, Elder Circles and Democracy Circles. The Center is a program of Our Family Services. Contact Catherine Tornbom at for more information.” Center for Community Dialogue & Training Our Family Services 3830 E Bellevue Street Tucson, AZ 84716

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


    1. About 60 people at this workshop to learn why does civility matter? MC Stuart Moody introduced all 6 panelists, in effort to “build community” not resentment, to listen & learn, putting others first. Catherine spoke first about last Wed. school walk out where she witnessed 41 dialogue circles at THS, in which students learned that “what they said mattered”. Gregg gave general ideas about energizing the choir, for the common good, for consensus & compromise, practicing mediation and finding safe places. Raquel gave the example of co-worker former Ohio House Rep. Ted Celeste, who ran a positive campaign, changed dynamics and won. She also spoke of her center’s Next Generation workshops to bring Rs and Ds together to build trust. Barbara gave example of her Building Resilient Neighborhoods workshops to 20 such groups in town, with one facilitator Gene Einfrank recently handling a problematic attendee with grace & civility. The Mayor talked about how he has to remain civil 16 hours/day, and remembered how then-Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was civil at a contentious town hall on the ACA years ago. He also gave the example of Pres. Abe Lincoln who had contentious members on his Cabinet talk to each other, listen to all sides, and even Lincoln’s opponent was forgiven by him. Lastly Jeannette talked about kindness being a skill set of communication and quoted from a book she was reading “Waking Up ‘White” about how cultural norms prevented discussion of difficult subjects which people disagreed on. Then group focused converations followed, which I was unable to attend. Granted — civility is difficult in our times, esp. here on Blog for Arizona where some of our readers lack it.

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