Political Civility
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Moderator Tlm Skublck (standing), dean, Michigan Capitol press corps, leads the discussion at the inaugural Griffin policy forum, "Michigan Leaders' Roundtable on Public Civility.' Panelists seated from left to right included: • John Palen professor, journalism, CMU • Wendy Wagenheim director of communications, Michigan ACLU • Valde Garcia state senator (R-Livingston, Shiawasee & Clinton) • Merlyn Mowrey professor, philosophy and religion, CMU • George Weeks columnist, Detroit News • Alma Wheeler Smith state senator (D-Washtenaw) • Dave Camp U.S. representative (R-Midland) • Debbie Dingell vice chair, General Motors Foundation and executive director of government & community affairs • Paul DeWeese state representative (R-Ingham & Livingston) • Glida Jacobs state representative (D-Oakland) • Tom Costello Flint Community Schools•Michael Murphy state representative (D-Ingham) • Steve Wilcox news director, WSYM-Fox 47 TV • Ted Clayton professor, political science, CMU

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Moderator Tlm Skublck (standing), panelists from left to right, Paul DeWeese state representative (R-Ingham & Livingston) • Glida Jacobs state representative (D-Oakland) • Tom Costello Flint Community Schools•Michael Murphy state representative (D-Ingham) • Steve Wilcox news director, WSYM-Fox 47 TV • Ted Clayton professor, political science, CMU

Forum Summary

The first in a series of the Robert & Marjorie Griffin Endowed Chair forums held April 12, 2001. At this forum there were more than a dozen speakers from the political fields to academic fields. The panel included Dave Camp (U.S. Congressman), Dr. Ted Clayton (professor, CMU Political Science Department), Tom Costell (teacher, Flint Longfellow Middle School), Debbie Dingell (president, General Motors Foundation), Paul DeWeese (State Representative), Valde Garcia (State Senator), Gilda Jacobs (State Representative), Steve Wilcox (broadcaster, WSYM-FM Fox 47 Lansing), Wendy Wagenheim (communications director, ACLU-Michigan), Dr. Merlyn Mowrey (professor, CMU Philosophy & Religion Department), Michael Murphy (State Representative), Dr. John Palen (professor, CMU Journalism Department), Alma Wheeler Smith (State Senator), and George Weeks (columnist, The Detroit News). The forum topic was over the civility that politicians should follow within their profession. The forum was held at Plachta Auditorium.