Author of "Choosing Civility" to Present Convocation at Mount Union College

April 06, 2010

Dr. P.M. Forni, an award-winning professor at Johns Hopkins University and author of the book Choosing Civility: The Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct will present a convocation at Mount Union College on Thursday, September 7 at 10:35 a.m. in the Mount Union Theatre.

Forni graduated from the University of Pavia in 1974. He earned a doctoral degree in Italian from the University of California Los Angeles in 1981. Forni has written and edited several books on the work of Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375) and in 1997 he co-founded the Johns Hopkins Civility Project.

Choosing Civility: The Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct identifies the 25 rules that are most essential in connecting effectively and contentedly with others. Throughout this book, Forni discusses skills needed in order to gain and maintain social support. Some of these skills include thinking twice before asking for favors, respecting others opinions, giving constructive criticism and refraining from idle complaints. Since being published in 2002 it has been translated into German and Italian.

Choosing Civility was a required reading for this year's incoming freshmen at Mount Union, as part of the LS 100 selected summer reading program. This is the seventh year for the summer reading assignment.

LS 100 is designed to help new students adjust to college life, learn critical reading and discussion skills and provide them with faculty or staff members to advise them academically until they declare majors and are assigned advisors within their specific academic departments.

Forni also has received numerous awards such as an International Association of Protocol Consultants Outstanding Achievement Award, School of Continuing Studies and Johns Hopkins University alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award and an Outstanding Faculty Award for his undergraduate teaching from Johns Hopkins University. He is a member of the Millennium Speakers Bureau, the Maryland Humanities Council and Maryland Commission for Celebration and he has been awarded a certificate of appreciation from the Cecil County Health Department of Maryland and a Kenan Grant for undergraduate teaching.

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