“Colorado is known for its collaborative and non-partisan approach to problem-solving.  Businesses tell us they are attracted to Colorado because of our highly-educated workforce, quality of life and approach to tackling tough issues.  In a time when more people are disenchanted with political bickering, Coloradans must develop strategies for working together and use those strategies to move forward.”
Governor John Hickenlooper

After a year living in a battleground state, can Coloradans find our way back to civility?  Difficult and divisive problems will still be with us, and moving forward to find solutions to those problems will require conversation among citizens with a range of viewpoints. The Center for Education in Law and Democracy (CELD) invites you to join us in opening up civil conversation about some of Colorado’s tough issues.  The conversation offers an opportunity for discussion with people with a range of perspectives.

December 6, 2012
Baerresen Ballroom, Tivoli Center, Colorado
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.







Light Dinner

Overview and Table Introductions

What Is Civility?    
Interactive discussion moderated by Buie Seawell, Professor, Business Ethics and Legal Studies, University of Denver

7:00   Colorado Dilemmas—Table conversation about an issue of your choice
  In-state tuition for undocumented students
  Impact of guns on free speech in the 21st Century
  Current education reform efforts
  Means testing for Social Security
  Decriminalizing drug laws
  Colorado’s future and TABOR
  Racial Disparities
7:45   Closing and Next Steps: What can citizens and associations do to create spaces and opportunities for deliberation on tough issues? 
8:00   Adjourn
  Logistics:  Covered parking is available for $6 in the Tivoli Parking Garage near 9th Street off Auraria Parkway.  Campus map here. The event is open to the public but preregistration is required and space is limited. 

Cost: This free event is open to the public, but preregistration is required and space is limited. 

To register:  Complete online registration here. Registration deadline: Nov. 30. For more information contact Barbara Miller or phone 303-778-0756. Print program here.  

Host Organizations
Byron White Center for the Study of the American ConstitutionColorado Bar Association
Center for Education in Law and DemocracyColorado Council for the Social Studies
History ColoradoColorado League of Women Voters

This program is part of Civility and Free Expression in a Constitutional Democracy—A National Dialogue, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and is conducted in partnership with the American Bar Association Division for Public Education. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Bar Association, or any of its programs.
The Center for Education in Law and Democracy (CELD) is a Colorado non-profit non-partisan educational organization that promotes and supports the development of responsible citizens committed to democratic principles and active participation in representative government.
PO Box 18490
  Denver, CO 80218
  303.778.0756   F. 303.733.4791