Changes to the workshop agenda to address harm to Indigenous peoples

I have made some changes to the workshop agenda in order to make specific room to think about and address harm to Indigenous people caused by invoking “civility” and “incivility” in this workshop. One of the goals of this workshop has always been to problematize these terms, and to think about who they get weaponized against. However I (KC) was thinking of these issues generally in terms of how they affect certain racial groups and other marginalized folks. I did not consider the very specific harms they cause because of the way that being “uncivilized” has been a justification for genocide in the US and in other colonized countries, and that the term “civilized” has been used to pit different Indigenous peoples against each other.

For more feel free to check out the Twitter thread I wrote on this earlier this week here. I don’t want to name the two folks who came to me with their concerns about this term because to do so risks their own emotional harm, but I do want to deeply thank them for coming to me and giving me the opportunity to address this.

One of the changes I have made is creating a session immediately after the opening remarks to address the historical and racial harm of the term “incivility,” particularly to Indigenous peoples. I have also spoken to the advisory board so that we can think on how further to address this concern, and I will be discussing this with the moderators of the sessions in a call next week.

Below is the revised agenda for the workshop. I welcome additional thoughts and feedback, especially in Slack. Please note that registration ends very soon!


Day 1 (Thursday October 17, 2019)  at the Beckman Institute
Time Topic Location
8:00am Registration Hall outside auditorium
8-8:10am Welcome, description of the scope of conference. (Kate Clancy) Room 1005
8:10-9am Discussion and listening sessions on the historical and racial harm of the term “incivility;” discussion of various terms surrounding incivility (e.g., disrespect, microaggression, abuse, victimization, ostacization, bullying, intimidation, rudeness) (Kate Clancy and xxx) Room 1005
9-9:45am Session on crowdsourcing our values, behaviors, and expectations for the workshop. (Kate Clancy) Room 1005
10-11:30am Panel Discussion and Q&A: “Why Care About Respect”.  Moderator: Kate Clancy (Illinois). Speakers: Sarah Sobieraj (Tufts), Gloria Gonzales-Morales (University of Guelph), Kristina Larsen (private practice, employment law)

·       This session will address why low level, rude interactions matter; why clearly defining terms helps us avoid weaponizing these terms against marginalized groups; creates space for attendees to address what they find most important in this conversation.

Room 1005
11:30am-12pm Break  
12-1pm Working Lunch: emergent topic tables based on morning Room 1005
1-2:30pm Panel Discussion and Q&A: “Power and Incivility”.  Moderator: Lilia Cortina (Michigan). Speakers: Johnny E. Williams (Trinity College), Heather Metcalf (AWIS), Chicora Martin (Mills)

·       This session will address how power helps define workplace interactions, the role of coercive power in incivility, how lived experiences and identities shape the ways folks target and are targeted by uncivil practices.

Room 1005
2:30-3pm Break  
3-4:30 Panel Discussion and Q&A: “Truth and Incivility”.  Moderator: David Karpf (GWU). Speakers: Adrienne Massanari (UIC), Kathleen Stansberry (Elon), Stephani Page (Duke)

·       This session will address how truth can get coopted by those in power, and/or how organizations differentiate between incivility and hate speech and speaking truth to power. In this particular moment of disinformation/fake news (or doxxing, trolling, or other abuse) as a response to any critical feedback, how can we find a space to talk about engaging in a healthy way with each other (especially when some people in power are invested in not doing so).

Room 1005
4:30-5pm Debrief/listening sessions as needed  
5-6pm Heavy apps/dinner if room in the budget Room 1005


Day 2 (Friday October 18, 2019)  at the Beckman Institute
Time Topic Location
8:00am Introduction and debrief exercise on day 1; Working Breakfast, with restorative practices follow up on behaviors/expectations or something else. Room 1005
9:00am Panel Discussion and Q&A: “Incivility Consequences”.   Moderator: Jay Rosenstein (Illinois). Speakers: Vicki Magley (Connecticut), David G. Embrick (Connecticut)

·       This session will help us broaden our definitions of consequences and impacted parties, consider collective fallout and broader community consequences, disciplinary consequences, and/or effects on diversity, productivity, creativity, and innovation.

Room 1005
10:30am Break  
11:00am Experiencing restorative practices. Mikhail Lyubansky (Illinois) and David Karp (University of San Diego)  
12:30pm Working Lunch: emergent topics and/or space to react to prior experiential session. Room 1005
1:30pm Two simultaneous sessions, organized via Slack by registrants 1005/Auditorium/Atrium?
2:30pm Debrief exercise on day 2; Small group discussion of paths forward Room 1005
3:00pm Report out from Breakout Groups Room 1005
3:30pm Adjourn