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South Suburban College offers civility programs

South Suburban College (SSC) will host two events as part of its National Civility Month program, a reading and book discussion from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 30, and a panel discussion from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 31.

“In today’s society, mutual respect has become a rare commodity. As neighbors and citizens, we are responsible for nurturing our community by extending a helping hand, living by the golden rule, and choosing unity over isolated struggles,” said SSC Student Trustee Jamesina Collier.

The author spotlight and roundtable discussion on Aug. 30 will feature Danielle J. Buhuro who will conduct a book reading and signing of her work, “Is There a Heaven for a G? A Pastoral Care Approach to Gang Violence.” The session will be in the SSC Library on the first floor of the main campus, 5800 South State St. in South Holland.

The panel discussion Aug. 31, “Non- Violence Through Civility Panel Discussion,” will be held in the SSC Performing Arts Center on the first floor of the main campus.

The panel discussion will feature SSC students and community experts engaging in conversations about nonviolence through civility. Moderated by Phillip Bradley, president of Nonviolence Works, a non-profit organization based in Chicago, the panel will explore the vital role of civility in fostering a peaceful society.

The discussion will address violence as a public health crisis and explores ways to create a more civil society.

SSC Trustee Anthony Williams of Dolton, who has more than two decades of experience in social services and education, will be one of the panelists. 

“Civility is vital for a healthy civilization and is needed for our youth. I am glad SSC is championing this noble cause,” Williams said.

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