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Speakers' Bios

Libby Roderick

Libby Roderick is associate director for the Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) where she oversees initiatives related to difficult dialogues, diversity and pedagogy, sustainability and 21st century trends in higher education. She also serves as the project director of the Ford Foundation Difficult Dialogues partnership between UAA and Alaska Pacific University (APU), which produced the acclaimed “Start Talking: A Handbook for Engaging Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education.” The handbook presents a model for faculty development intensives on difficult dialogues and strategies for engaging controversial topics in the classroom.

Roderick also is an internationally recognized, award-winning singer/songwriter and recording artist. Her essays, poems and songs have appeared in numerous books and publications. Roderick received her B.A. in American Studies from Yale University and her M.A. in Social Psychology from Alaska Pacific University.

robbie routenberg

A commitment to social justice and interculturalism grounds routenberg’s personal and professional involvements. For 10 years, routenberg has been serving as a social justice educator, aiming to illuminate the many ways that systems of inequity affect us as individuals and groups. Through highly interactive and reflective pedagogy, routenberg facilitates the development of awareness, knowledge and skills in students and practitioners and assists them in applying this knowledge to multiple roles and contexts. Currently, routenberg serves as Program Manager of the Program on Intergroup Relations at the University of Michigan. Responsibilities include developing and assessing a portfolio of social justice programs, serving as lecturer and consultant for the Center for Global and Intercultural Studies, and service as institute coordinator for the Commission for Social Justice Educators, a division of the American College Personnel Association. As a frequent consultant, presenter and author, routenberg has helped individuals and organizations achieve their goals related to intercultural communication, reflective practice and engaging across identity differences.

P.M. Forni

A native of Italy, Dr. Forni is an award-winning professor at Johns Hopkins University where he directs the Civility Initiative. In the past fifteen years, he has been lecturing and writing extensively on the civility-ethics-quality of life connection. An expert source for The New York Times and the Washington Post among others he has appeared on several television shows including “Oprah”. His book “Choosing Civility” (2002) has inspired communities, organizations and corporations around the country to rally around the banner of civility. Forni’s work on civility is featured in Benet Davetian’s “Civility: A Cultural History”. His most recent book on the topic is “The Civility Solution” (2008).


Kathleen Hull

Kathleen Hull is director of the Byrne First-Year Seminars and co-founder of Project Civility at Rutgers—New Brunswick. Educated at McGill University (B.A., history and philosophy of science), Johns Hopkins (M.A., philosophy), and Drew University (Ph.D., theological and religious studies), she has taught undergraduates for the past twenty years and continues to teach occasionally in the Rutgers philosophy department. Prior to coming to Rutgers in 2007, Hull taught at NYU for eleven years; served as vice president and co-president of the NYU Chapter of the AAUP (2002- 06); was a faculty development consultant to the Stern School of Business; and helped to organize a few thousand adjunct faculty at NYU to create the largest labor union for part-time employees at a private university. Hull’s research and publications are primarily in American Philosophy and pedagogy. In 1992, she won the Peirce Prize for her work on Charles Sanders Peirce, founder of American Pragmatism; was awarded a National Education Association Art of Teaching Prize in 2001 for her essay “Eros and Education” on how to inspire college students with a love of learning; and was given a Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence from NYU in 2002. Recently, Hull began offering a course for Rutgers freshmen entitled “Ain’t Misbehavin’: Civility, Manners, and Society.”

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