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Office of News and Information
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Baltimore, Maryland 21231
Phone: 443-287-9960 | Fax: 443-287-9920

July 19, 2004
To: Reporters, editors, producers
From: Amy Cowles | 443-287-9904 | amycowles@jhu.edu
Re: The Etiquette of Political Conversation

As the election season enters its prime time, an everyday conversation has the potential to take an uncomfortable turn as co-workers, family and friends suddenly become political rivals. Even benign dinner dates and watercooler chit-chat could get ugly. Johns Hopkins University professor and civility expert P.M. Forni offers suggestions for avoiding angry confrontations while voicing opinions in a way that is both forceful and respectful. Forni is the author of Choosing Civility: The Twenty-five Rules of Considerate Conduct.

Read Forni's tips online at http://www.jhu.edu/~civility/Tipspolit.pdf. Reporters are welcome to use these tips as direct quotes or to edit them for length. Contact Forni directly at 410-516-8047 or forni@jhu.edu.

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