STAMFORD, CT – Dr. James Cuno, president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust, will discuss civility and art in a talk Sept. 24 at 6 pm at the Ferguson Library in Stamford as part of a series on Civility in America.
Dr. Cuno will talk about the important role of museums in promoting tolerance among people and ending ignorance and superstition by presenting examples of the world’s artistic cultures under one roof.
The Getty’s commitment to a civil society, according to Dr. Cuno, is central to its mission of the “presentation, preservation, and dissemination of new knowledge about the world’s artistic legacy…with the conviction that a greater and more profound sensitivity to and knowledge of the visual arts and their many histories is crucial to the promotion of a vital and civil society.”
The Civility in America lecture series, which will run through May 2013, is sponsored by Michael A. Pavia, Mayor of the City of Stamford and The Dilenschneider Group, a strategic communications firm, in conjunction with Hearst Media Services, publishers of The Advocate and Greenwich Time.
Mayor Pavia said, “At no other time in modern history has there been such a need to return our society to its civil roots, and we hope this series helps foster that goal in our city and region.”
“At its core, civility means respecting the other person’s point of view,” said Robert L. Dilenschneider, founder and president of The Dilenschneider Group. “A hallmark of civility is respect for diversity and difference.”
Scheduled speakers for the Civility in America series include:
Wednesday Oct. 3, 2012, Noon — Civility in the Media: WNYW Fox 5 News Anchor Ernie Anastos.
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, 5:30 pm — Civility in Politics: Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine.
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, 6 pm — Civility in Law Enforcement: William Bratton, former Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department as well as former New York City and Boston Police Commissioner. Mr. Bratton is now Chairman of Kroll.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 6 pm — Civility in Management: Edward Reilly, President & CEO of American Management Association.
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, 6 pm — Civility in Education: Joel Klein, former Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education and currently CEO of Amplify and EVP/Office of the Chairman at News Corporation.