Santa Clara University

Regan Lecture

Apr 6, 2010
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Learning Commons and Library, St. Clare Room
Cost : Free

Civility in a Fractured Society


“We in the humanities are obligated to help advance an ethic of thoughtfulness rather than conformity of thought, decency of expression rather than coarseness in public manners. Civilization requires civility. “


So said Jim Leach, former Republican congressman and now member of the Obama administration, in launching a 50-state “civility tour.”


We invite you to one stop on that tour, an innovative effort to improve the quality of public discourse in America.


Mr. Leach’s talk is the 2010 Regan Lecture. 

The Regan Lecture Series, supported by a gift from New York Life Insurance Co. in honor of William Regan III, is aimed at bringing the larger community to SCU to hear top-flight speakers on ethical issues in many fields.


Jim Leach is the ninth Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  He previously served 30 years representing southeastern Iowa in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he chaired the Banking and Financial Services Committee, the Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs, the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, and founded and co-chaired the Congressional Humanities Caucus.


After leaving Congress in 2007, Leach joined the faculty at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, where he was the John L. Weinberg Visiting Professor of Public and International Affairs until his confirmation as NEH chairman.

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