Ethics Center joins national call for civil discourse in Presidential debates

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Ethics Center joins national call for civil discourse in Presidential debates

The Fresno State Ethics Center has joined the National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD) in its call for a civil Presidential debate with standards of conduct. They urge supporters to sign a petition asking the debate moderators to adopt these standards when the debates between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump begin Monday, Sept. 26, on CNN. Dr. Andrew Fiala, chair of Fresno State’s Philosophy Department and director of the Ethics Center, announced the program’s stance today during a talk to the Public Relations Society of America Central California Chapter. The event, held in the Clovis Civic Center, included his presentation “Ethical Communication in an Uncivil Era.” The Ethics Center joins over 70 other organizations including the AARP, Institute for Civil Civic Engagement and The United States Association of Former Members of Congress supporting the NCID’s call for standards of conduct for all candidates for public office, moderators and for the audience. The call is meant to revive the spirit of civility in all debates. The petition is available at bit.ly/CivilDebatePetition. INFO:  Fiala at afiala@csufresno.edu.