Civility in public safety, politics topics of lecture series Sunday

Hurricane Joaquin postponed First Selectman Tim Herbst's Civility Series earlier this month, but on Sunday, Oct. 18 the long-awaited lecture program will make its debut at Sacred Heart University with a two-part session.

Civility in Public Safety, originally scheduled for Oct. 4, will kickstart the event at 4 p.m. at the Martire Forum on SHU's campus.

Guest speakers include Robert Laska, retired publisher of the Connecticut Post; Chief Michael Lombardo, Trumbull Police Department; Chief Michael Kehoe, Newtown Police Department; and Anthony Schirillo, of the Connecticut State Police's Narcotics Task Force.

That discussion will be followed immediately by Civility in Politics at 5 p.m.

Guests for that portion of the series include Todd Piro, NBC News Anchor; David Walker, former United States Comptroller; Nancy Johnson, former member of the U.S. Congress; and John DeStefano Jr., former mayor of New Haven.

“This series comes at a time when our society has been exceptionally uncivil and you look at our first topic, public safety, and you see there’s a lot of unrest between law enforcement and minority communities today,” said Herbst, who borrowed the idea from former Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia. “There a lot of topics that are really pertinent that are worth examining and discussing, and it’s my hope that residents take advantage of this tremendous opportunity.”

The events are free and open to the public.

The forums will continue throughout the fall, including Civility in Media at Sacred Heart University at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25 and Civility in Law at Trumbull High School at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8.

The final two parts of the series will be Civility in Sports and Civility in Education that will be held at Sacred Heart and Trumbull High School on Sunday, Nov. 15 and Nov. 22, respectively.

Like the previous four sessions, those final forums will be held at 5 p.m.