ETSU to celebrate Civility Week with speakers, films and activities


JOHNSON CITY (March 26, 2014) – The Student Government Association (SGA) at East Tennessee State University inaugurated Civility Week in 2012 as “an opportunity for all of the ETSU campus community to join together in making a conscious effort to ensure that civility and protection of human dignity is central to the campus culture.”

This year, the theme for Civility Week is “Speak Your Peace: Communication with Consideration.” Visit the ETSU Student Government Association site at to view the entire schedule of events for Civility Week, which will be held April 6-12.         

Some free, public Civility Week events will all take place in the D.P. Culp University Center auditorium, with one outdoor exception.

  • The “Speak Your Peace Poetry Slam” will be held on Sunday, April 6, at 7 p.m. at Borchuck Plaza outside the entrance to the Charles C. Sherrod Library. Kirah Sirah, executive director of Jonesborough’s International Storytelling Center, will be the guest speaker, and ETSU students and faculty will perform spoken word poetry or share personal stories.
  • A showing of the film “The New Public” will take place on Monday, April 7, at 7 p.m. The documentary shows the 2006 opening of an arts-oriented school in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn, where poverty encompasses most of the students and graduation rates hover near 40 percent. The film follows the students over the course of four years and demonstrates “the complexities faced by urban public schools and communities everywhere.”
  • On Wednesday, April 9, at 7 p.m., Andrew Jenks will appear as the week’s keynote speaker. An acclaimed filmmaker, Jenks is the star of the MTV series “World of Jenks,” in which he moves in with a new stranger every week to tell that person’s story during season one and then documents three young people’s lives for one full year in season two. Jenks also stars in the YouTube Web series, “It’s About a Girl,” as a man pursuing the girl of his dreams. In addition, Jenks promotes awareness on college campuses of Be the Match, the national bone marrow registry.
  • “Unbreakable Threads” will be shown on Thursday, April 10, at 5 p.m. The documentary follows same-sex parents “raising children in a society that is not always accepting.”
  • On Friday, April 11, at 7 p.m., “The Long Walk to Freedom,” a film based on Nelson Mandela’s autobiography of the same name, will take viewers on Mandela’s journey from his childhood in a rural village to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.  

For further information, contact Carter Warden, assistant director of student activities, at (423) 439-8474 or . For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at (423) 439-8346.

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