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Civility Tour Map

This Civility Tour Map is a visual representation of the nineteen months NEH Chairman Jim Leach spent completing his promised Civility Tour, visiting every state in the nation to raise public awareness with the message that “polarizing attitudes can jeopardize social cohesion and even public safety.”

2012 Civility Tour Destinations

November 11, 2012

Iowa City: Speech/ panel discussion

Speech/ panel discussion, University of Iowa Obermann Center for Advanced Studies

March 24, 2012


Remarks and roundtable discussion, Arizona Humanities Council

2011 Civility Tour Destinations

May 14, 2011

Hawaii Music and Book Festival

Hawaii Music and Book Festival, Hawaii Council for the Humanities, civility address.

May 14, 2011

Hawaii: University of Hawaii, Centennial

University of Hawaii, centennial commencement address

April 30, 2011


Commencement Address, Alaska Pacific University

April 28, 2011

Little Rock

Lecture, Clinton School of Public Service

April 21, 2011


Remarks, Huntington Museum of Art

April 21, 2011


Address, "Civility in a Fractured Society," Culture Center

April 18, 2011


Talk on civility with Nina Simon, Connecticut Historical Society

April 7, 2011


Lecture, "Words Do Matter," Kentucky Humanities Council

March 30, 2011


Address/ panel discussion, "Conversation About Politics, Sportsmanship and Civility," Nevada Humanities Council

March 26, 2011


Remarks, "Civility and Democracy" event at National Constitution Center

March 16, 2011


Civility Address, 17th Festival of the Book, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

March 11, 2011

St. Louis

Remarks and panel discussion, University of Missouri, St. Louis

March 11, 2011

Kansas City

Civility Address, Annual Atkins Lecture Series, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

March 10, 2011


Schiffman Lecture on Ethics in Society, Columbia College

February 25, 2011


Speech, Symposium on Friendship and Civility, Messiah College

February 11, 2011


Project Humanities: Humanities at the Crossroads, Arizona State University

February 9, 2011

New York

A Looming Crisis in the Humanities, College Arts Association annual conferece

February 2, 2011


Address, Vermont House of Representatives, State Senate Chambers

2010 Civility Tour Destinations

November 13, 2010

Chicago: Humanities Festival

Humanities Festival, remarks and panel discussion with the President of Northwestern University.

November 12, 2010


Fortnightly Club, civility address.

November 9, 2010


Delaware State University, speech.

November 5, 2010


Federation of State Humanities Councils annual meeting, speech.

November 4, 2010


Rice University, Humanities Research Center, speech

October 29, 2010

Austin: Humanities Texas

Humanities Texas, speech.

October 28, 2010


University of Texas, speech.

October 27, 2010

Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City University, panel discussion. Oklahoma City University, speech.

October 23, 2010


University of Wisconsin, Center for Civic Engagement, panel discussion.

October 20, 2010


Montclair Art Museum, speech.

October 8, 2010


Southern Festival of Books, speech/panel discussion. Vanderbilt University, speech.

October 2, 2010


Eric Sevareid Symposium, speech.

October 1, 2010

St. Paul

Metropolitan State University, speech.

September 29, 2010


University of South Dakota, Neuharth Media Center, forum.

September 29, 2010

Sioux Falls

Black Hills State University, forum.

September 24, 2010


St. Ambrose University, speech.

September 22, 2010


Indianapolis Museum of Art, panel discussion on civility.

September 22, 2010

Indianapolis: Conseco Fieldhouse

Conseco Fieldhouse, NCAA and Indianapolis Colts, “Civility and Sports” talk and panel discussion.

September 21, 2010


Indiana University, civility address.

September 20, 2010


Duke University/Nasher Art Museum/National Humanities Center, address.

September 18, 2010


Buffalo Bill Historical Center, speech. Northwest Community College, “A Conversation with NEH Chairman James A. Leach” discussion.

September 17, 2010


Montana State University, “Civility in a Fractured Society” speech and luncheon remarks for the board and staff of MSU Billings.

September 17, 2010

Billings: Humanities Montana

Western Heritage Center/Humanities Montana, speech.

September 14, 2010

Lawrence: Dole Institute of Politics

Dole Institute of Politics, address.

September 13, 2010


Kansas University/Hall Center for the Humanities, address.

August 5, 2010


Colorado Humanities Council/High Plains Chautauqua, address.

August 4, 2010


Denver Forum, civility address.

July 29, 2010


Alabama Foundation for the Humanities/Samford University, civility address.

July 26, 2010


New York Humanities Council, civility address.

June 18, 2010

Des Moines

Community Foundation/Interfaith Alliance/Drake University, address.

June 18, 2010

Des Moines: Iowa Legal Aid Foundation

Iowa Legal Aid Foundation, Justice After Hours address.

June 15, 2010

Providence: Rhode Island Humanities Council

Rhode Island Humanities Council, address.

June 14, 2010


Rhode Island School of Design, talk.

June 14, 2010

Providence: Providence Art Club

June 14, 2010

Providence: Brown University

Brown University, address.

June 13, 2010

College Park

University of Maryland, History Day address.

June 11, 2010

Boise: Idaho Humanities Council

Idaho Humanities Council/Cecil D. Andrus Center for Public Policy, address.

June 10, 2010

Portland: Oregon Business Association

Oregon Business Association Legislative Program, address.

June 10, 2010

Portland: Oregon Humanities Council, June

Oregon Humanities Council, reception remarks.

June 6, 2010


Idaho Humanities Council, luncheon remarks and dinner remarks.

May 28, 2010

Salt Lake City: Westminster College

Westminster College, “Let Your Speech Be Always With Grace” commencement address.

May 27, 2010

Salt Lake City

Annual Human Ties Award, address.

May 14, 2010


LaGrange College, “Let Your Gentleness Be Known” commencement address.

May 12, 2010

New Orleans

Civility Address, Louisiana Humanities Council

May 11, 2010


May 10, 2010


Savannah College of Art & Design, “Jurisprudence and the Humanities” speech.

May 7, 2010

Philadelphia: American Council of Learned Societies

 American Council of Learned Societies, annual meeting.

May 1, 2010


Miami-Dade County College, “With Civility for Each, and Respect for All: Making America a Hate-Free Nation” commencement address.

April 29, 2010

Washington, DC: Cosmos Club

Cosmos Club, speech.

April 15, 2010


Massachusetts Legislature Cultural Caucus, discussion.

April 14, 2010


American Antiquarian Society, “Uncivil Discourse: A Conversation with Jim Leach and Jill Lepore” panel discussion.

April 13, 2010


University of Pennsylvania, David & Lyn Silfen University Forum, panel discussion.

April 10, 2010

New Brunswick

Rutgers University, Conference on Cultural Heritage Now, “Civility in a Fractured Society” keynote speech.

April 8, 2010


University of California, Davis, Chancellor’s Colloquium Lecture

April 7, 2010

Los Angeles

University of California, Los Angeles, lecture.

April 6, 2010

Santa Clara

Santa Clara University, Regan Lecture

March 26, 2010


Lecture, University of Arizona

March 12, 2010

Washington, DC: Aspen Institute

Remarks and roundtable discussion, Aspen Institute

March 4, 2010

New York

Civility in a Fractured Society, John Brademas Center The democratic seed that popped so briefly up on a rocky peninsula facing the Mediterranean Sea incuba

February 22, 2010


Address, Ashland University, John Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs

February 20, 2010


Civility in a Fractured Society, Princeton University  

February 16, 2010

Iowa City

Address, University of Iowa

February 12, 2010

Portland: Oregon Humanities Council

Address, Oregon Humanities Council

February 4, 2010


Reception and talk, Washington state capitol building

February 3, 2010


Roundtable Discussion, University of Wisconsin

February 2, 2010


The Tensions Between Speaking and Listening: Democracy versus Oligarchy The concept of civility implies politeness, but civil discourse is about more than g

January 14, 2010


Civility Address, Levine Museum of the New South

January 13, 2010


Civility Address, University of South Carolina, Columbia

January 12, 2010


Address to Association of Art Museum Directors

January 12, 2010


Civility Address, The Village Square  

2009 Civility Tour Destinations

December 2, 2009


Remarks, Maine Humanities Council

December 2, 2009


Remarks to Heads of Arts & Cultural Institutions

December 1, 2009


Address, New Hampshire Humanities Council

November 20, 2009

Washington, DC

Bridging Cultures Civilization requires civility. Words matter.

November 6, 2009


With Malice Toward None An important aspect of my job is to make clear that while there is a cost to all government programs, little can be mor