A National Conversation on Civility

September 26, 2018

As we approach the 2018 midterm elections, our political system and national rhetoric are more polarizing than ever. NICD along with the American Psychological Association held a national conversation on the importance of civility, why it has broken down and why it’s necessary for solving the major challenges confronting our nation with Scott Simon, award-winning NPR host, and panelists including authors Jonathan Haidt and Sally Kohn,  Dr. Arthur C. Evans and Dr. Carolyn Lukensmeyer.


Scott Simon 
One of America's most admired writers and broadcasters. Author of eight books, award-winning National Public Radio host, and contributor to CBS Sunday Morning.


Jonathan Haidt, PhD
Social psychologist at the NYU-Stern School of Business and author of several books, including The New York Times bestseller, "The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion."

Sally Kohn 
Author of "The Opposite of Hate" and host of the State of Resistance podcast. CNN political commentator and columnist; former Fox News contributor.

Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD
Chief executive officer of the American Psychological Association.

Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer, PhD
Executive director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse.

Watch a recording of the conversation.