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City Club Of Boise: Civil Discourse In Times Of Crisis

In 2016, following a contentious Presidential campaign season, City Club of Boise partnered with the National Institute for Civil Discourse to organize a series of events exploring civility in our public discourse. The goal of this project, to paraphrase City Club founder Dottie Stimpson, was to "get people to start talking" to each other, and to chart a course for communicating outside of traditional partisan lines.

Now, nearly four years later, we appear to be at another test of civility. The 2020 Presidential election and a global pandemic of historic proportions are once again challenging elected leaders and citizens to talk to each other-- not at each other.

Moderated by Jen Schneider, Interim Associate Dean, Professor, Boise State University School of Public Service.


Melissa Davlin is the host of Idaho Reports and a producer for Idaho Public Television.

Dr. Stephanie Witt is Director of Training for the School of Public Service at Boise State University. She is also a Professor in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Political Science programs. 

Nicole Foy is an investigative reporter at the Idaho Statesman. She has been a reporter in the Treasure Valley for almost three years. At the Statesman, Nicole covers government accountability and the Latino community in Idaho and in the agriculture sector. 


The City Club of Boise also honored the service and work of Timberline High School student Blaine Dillingham.  The certificate of recognition is awarded to a student whose character and work exemplify the spirit of City Club of Boise founding member Marilyn Shuler’s commitment to human rights, civil discourse, and informed civic engagement.


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