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Renowned journalists bringing Great Lakes Civility Project to Northwood University

February 16, 2022

Entire public is invited to join March 1 webinar

Northwood University is hosting two renowned Michigan journalists who created the Great Lakes Civility Project in a March 1 webinar that is open to the entire public.

Nolan Finley, of The Detroit News, and Stephen Henderson, of the Detroit Free Press, will be leading a 90-minute virtual session about the importance of civility and how to build it in relationships, workplaces and communities.

“We are so pleased to host this Great Lakes Civility Project webinar, as the issue of civility is one that has been identified as a local issue in Midland, as well as one of importance around the state and across America,” said Kristin Stehouwer, Academic Vice President and Provost for Northwood University. “It is incredibly timely, given the fact that Northwood University will be hosting esteemed author Arthur C. Brooks on March 17. Drawing from his book, Love Your Enemies, Brooks will share specific ways how we as Americans can counter the existing culture of contempt by ‘disagreeing better.’”

Finley and Henderson are colleagues and friends who have spirited debates and hold opposing views on pretty much everything. They believe Americans are at their best when they can talk, disagree, even argue, but keep the dialogue going. The Civility Project helps make that happen through workshops that discuss how to agree to disagree; engage in civil conversation; build respect for each other’s humanity; learn to listen to other sides; use what you hear to challenge or affirm your own views; and stay curious.  

“This will be a worthwhile program for all ages, and we welcome any and all to tune in on March 1,” Stehouwer said.

Stehouwer will be moderating an upcoming program on MCTV that will feature Northwood University faculty discussing Brooks’ upcoming visit and ‘Love Your Enemies.” Stay tuned for more information about that program. In the meantime, you can register online to attend Brooks’ keynote address. That address is scheduled to take place from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. March 17 in Riepma Arena. A book signing is set for 7:15 to 9 p.m., and everything is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the general public.

To register for the March 1 Great Lakes Civility Project webinar, which also is free and open to the entire public, visit the Civility Project website.

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