Civility is desirable and possible, but can this fragile ideal be guaranteed?
John A. Hall expands our understanding of civility as related to larger social forces—including revolution, imperialism, capitalism, nationalism, and war—and the ways that such elements limit the potential for civility. The talk examines how the nature of civility has fluctuated in the last three centuries, how it became lost, and how it was reestablished in the twentieth century following the two world wars. He also considers why civility is currently breaking down and what can be done to mitigate this threat.
Hall’s lecture is presented by Duke University’s John Hope Franklin Center and . A light lunch will be served.