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Professor speaks on civil discourse in America

Burlington, Vermont – January 19, 2011

Politics by nature are divisive. But the tone seems to have degenerated especially since the year 2000 when George W. Bush and Al Gore ran against each other for president. That race was so close it had to be decided by the court system. The vitriol and distrust has not faded away.

Middlebury professor James Davis joins the :30 to talk about the topic. He wrote the recently published book, "In Defense of Civility," which is an examination of how religion could bring the country together and improve the tone of the national conversation.

Davis spoke on why he wrote the book, "I had become increasingly frustrated, disappointed, depressed at times with the state of civil discourse in our country."

He said, "Civility to me doesn't require that we gloss over our differences to come to some sort of artificial consensus, civility just governs how we talk about those disagreements."

For more info, watch the video from The :30.

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