Talk on Civil Discourse


    January 8th Forum is one of Tucson Remembers events

    Dr. Carolyn Lukensmeyer, Executive Director
    Dr. Carolyn Lukensmeyer, Executive Director

    Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer, PhD, executive director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse, will speak at the Casas Adobes Forum Sunday, January 8th, the sixth anniversary of the shooting of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others. “Her topic: “Rebuilding Public Trust: Civility, Respect and Engagement.” The non-partisan Institute, based at U of A, was created by Tucsonans in the aftermath of the shooting to promote healthy and civil public debate. Dr. Lukensmeyer previously served as founder and president of AmericaSpeaks, which promoted initiatives to engage citizens and community leaders in the development of innovative public policy strategies. The Forum will meet in McNear Hall from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.”

    From their 1/1/17 Bulletin:

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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).

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