Restoring Respect

A community conversation about respecting others who look, think, worship or vote differently

Oct. 17: Restoring Respect: Where Did It Go?

* Donald Eastman, president, Eckerd College

* Eric Deggans, television critic, National Public Radio

* Brendan Goff, professor of history, New College


November 14: Restoring Respect: In the Media

January 16: Restoring Respect: In Religion

February 20: Restoring Respect: In Race

March 20: Restoring Respect: In Politics

On five Tuesday nights this fall through spring, we will address one of the key issues of our day: What happened to respecting others who differ from us? At a time when there is often heat but no light, more shouting than listening, and contempt for those who look or think or worship or vote differently, we will invite distinguished commentators, newsmakers, and academics to examine this issue and suggest a way forward. The dates and topics:


"One of our goals for the Cathedral is to establish us as a place in the public square where the important issues of the day can be discussed," Dean Morris said. "This series is open to the wider Tampa Bay community. We hope we can contribute to civilized conversation among people who may hold differing views on sensitive topics, something that has been lacking in society in recent years. We want to be able to hear from each other, listen, and learn." He added, "Our baptismal covenant calls on us to respect the dignity of every human being. That's every human being, including those whose actions or beliefs we find abhorrent. I struggle with how to do this, and I hope this series of conversations will help us all widen our understanding of what that might look like."



Restoring Respect Series begins Tuesday October 17th at the Cathedral: All are Welcome and encouraged to attend.

Where Did Respect Go?
Community Conversations Will Take On That Question
Our yearlong community conversation,
"Restoring Respect," opens October 17 with
a panel of three distinguished speakers
starting the discussion of this overall question:

What happened to respecting others
who differ from us?

The participants:
* Dr. Donald R. Eastman III, president of
Eckerd College;

* Eric Deggans, television critic, National
Public Radio;

* Dr. Brendan Goff, assistant professor of
history at New College, Sarasota

The first panel will look at how our nation has become angry, intolerant, and vocal in its lack of respect for others. It will examine how that disrespect is reflected or rejected in popular culture. And it will look back at previous movements that demonized those who were perceived to be the "unwelcome other" — immigrants and members of racial or religious groups.

"This series is open to the wider community so we can all engage in conversations about these important and sensitive topics," Dean Morris said.
"Lack of respect is something we all confront, day in and day out, regardless of whom we voted for in the presidential election, where we are on the political spectrum, where we get our news. This is a time of heat without light, shouting without listening. We want to contribute to a community conversation that helps us get beyond that, listen and learn from each other."

The series will be in Harvard Hall starting
at 7 p.m.


The series will be in Harvard Hall starting at 7 p.m.