Under the Banner of 'Civility,' Campus Programs Find Different Paths

But benefits to students and others are hard to measure

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Pier M. Forni, a literature professor at the Johns Hopkins U. and author of two widely read books on civility, believes that his role as a teacher includes imparting the importance of kindness.
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Pier M. Forni's epiphany about civility came in the mid-1990s while he was delivering a lecture on The Divine Comedy.

Gazing across the faces of his students at the Johns Hopkins University, Mr. Forni realized that, far more than wanting them to know...

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