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A good place to start might be the presentations at the conference on civility and democracy at the National Constitution Center in March 2011. At the website you can watch a keynote address advocating civility by Amy Gutmann, President of U Penn, along with videos of some of the breakout sessions, which included an impressive list of scholars in history (e.g. Alan Brinkley), religious studies (e.g. Thomas Kidd), communication studies (e.g. Kathleen Hall Jamieson), and other fields, most of whom have written about civility in one fashion or another. Here's the link: http://constitutioncenter.org/programs-events/public-symposium-on-civility-a nd-democracy/ Ken Burns even made a promo clip promoting the conference: http://www.pbs.org/about/news/archive/2011/ncc-ken-burns/ Hope this helps, although I should warn you that the only people arguing AGAINST civility at the conference are the Tea Party activists and Newt Gingrich's former press secretary! Politics sure make for strange bedfellows. J. Michael Hogan, Liberal Arts Research Professor Director, Center for Democratic Deliberation Dept. of Communication Arts and Sciences 234 Sparks Building Penn State University University Park, PA 16802-5201 Office Phone: 814-865-1003 Dept. Web site: http://cas.la.psu.edu/ Center Web site: http://cdd.la.psu.edu/ (this email is confidential; its contents should not be shared without permission)