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Amid divided times, civility can help us transcend important differences and flourish amidst them. It is through true civility, the recognition of the innate dignity of others, that we can bridge social, cultural, and political divides. In this lecture, Alexandra Hudson will discuss her new book The Soul of Civility: Timeless Principles to Heal Society and Ourselves, empowering listeners to live tolerantly with others, and respect them because of our shared humanity, despite deep differences. 
We can’t change others, but if enough of us choose civility, we might be able to change the world.

Alexandra Hudson
Civic Renaissance

Author, Speaker, Founder

ALEXANDRA HUDSON is a writer, popular speaker, and the founder of Civic Renaissance, a publication and intellectual community dedicated to beauty, goodness and truth. She was named the 2020 Novak Journalism Fellow, and contributes to Fox News, CBS News, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, TIME Magazine, POLITICO Magazine, and Newsweek. She earned a master's degree in public policy at the London School of Economics as a Rotary Scholar, and is an adjunct professor at the Indiana University Lilly School of Philanthropy. She is also the creator of a series for The Teaching Company called Storytelling and The Human Condition, now available for streaming. She lives in Indianapolis, IN with her husband and children.

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Acton Institute
98 E. Fulton Street
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
United States


5:00 p.m. Reception in Mark Murray Auditorium
6:00 p.m. Lecture begins
6:40 p.m. Q&A
7:00 p.m. Lecture ends


$15 General | $10 Student
Includes hors d'oeuvres and beverage

Event livestream is free.


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