On Monday, November 12th, Beyond Civility held its first side-by-side series
presentation at the College of Mount Saint Joseph featuring State Senator Bill Seitz
and Vice-Mayor Roxanne Qualls. Over 150 people attended and the responses were
Moderated by Bea Larsen, co-founder of Beyond Civility, the two public officials
were coaxed into giving insights into their personal lives, their childhoods, the
events that impacted their lives and participated in forming their political views.
Check out the photo gallery below:
November 12th Side-by-Side: Bill Seitz & Roxanne Qualls
Photographs by Don Denney, courtesy of the College of Mount St. Joseph
From Left to Right: College of Mount Saint Joseph President Tony Aretz, State Senator Bill Seitz, Vice-Mayor Roxanne Qualls, Beyond Civility Co-Founder Bob Rack, Co-Convenor & Senior U.S. District Court Judge Sandra Beckwith, Co-Convenor David Mann, & Co-Founder Bea Larsen[img src=http://beyondcivility.org/wp-content/flagallery/november-12th-side-by-side-bill-seitz-amp-roxanne-qualls/thumbs/thumbs_147325625-ny0v5ei8.jpg]1130
College of Mount Saint Joseph President, Tony Aretz, welcomes Beyond Civility and the audience[img src=http://beyondcivility.org/wp-content/flagallery/november-12th-side-by-side-bill-seitz-amp-roxanne-qualls/thumbs/thumbs_147325626-yllwkfjg.jpg]920
Judge Beckwith, introducing the evening[img src=http://beyondcivility.org/wp-content/flagallery/november-12th-side-by-side-bill-seitz-amp-roxanne-qualls/thumbs/thumbs_147325627-rim2wsuv.jpg]880
Dave Mann, introducing the speakers[img src=http://beyondcivility.org/wp-content/flagallery/november-12th-side-by-side-bill-seitz-amp-roxanne-qualls/thumbs/thumbs_147325635-tfryjpce.jpg]860
Bill recalls his family's response to the 60's protests[img src=http://beyondcivility.org/wp-content/flagallery/november-12th-side-by-side-bill-seitz-amp-roxanne-qualls/thumbs/thumbs_147325640-bo2abpyp_0.jpg]800
Roxanne talks of growing up in a military family[img src=http://beyondcivility.org/wp-content/flagallery/november-12th-side-by-side-bill-seitz-amp-roxanne-qualls/thumbs/thumbs_147325637-qw5nwojp.jpg]760
The best evaluation is an attentive audience[img src=http://beyondcivility.org/wp-content/flagallery/november-12th-side-by-side-bill-seitz-amp-roxanne-qualls/thumbs/thumbs_147325628-elyf4p08.jpg]730
Roxanne recalls the impact of an important high school teacher[img src=http://beyondcivility.org/wp-content/flagallery/november-12th-side-by-side-bill-seitz-amp-roxanne-qualls/thumbs/thumbs_147325639-qawtyfpd.jpg]660
Bill describes growing up on the West Side of Hamilton County[img src=http://beyondcivility.org/wp-content/flagallery/november-12th-side-by-side-bill-seitz-amp-roxanne-qualls/thumbs/thumbs_147325632-tz5zudwh.jpg]600
Bob Rack contemplates the presenters' formative experiences[img src=http://beyondcivility.org/wp-content/flagallery/november-12th-side-by-side-bill-seitz-amp-roxanne-qualls/thumbs/thumbs_147325612-rwwjuda1.jpg]610
Serious stories told with humor[img src=http://beyondcivility.org/wp-content/flagallery/november-12th-side-by-side-bill-seitz-amp-roxanne-qualls/thumbs/thumbs_147325643-79larzay.jpg]650
Good questions from a respectful audience[img src=http://beyondcivility.org/wp-content/flagallery/november-12th-side-by-side-bill-seitz-amp-roxanne-qualls/thumbs/thumbs_147325613-ir1gu5xf.jpg]630
Co-convenors appreciate the candor of our speakers[img src=http://beyondcivility.org/wp-content/flagallery/november-12th-side-by-side-bill-seitz-amp-roxanne-qualls/thumbs/thumbs_147325616-sy8kyqao.jpg]670
Who says we can't get along?
The goal of the series is to offer an antidote to the contentious and sometimes toxic
national political rhetoric that is serving to polarize our society by inviting local
political leaders to share their reflections on the people and experiences that helped
to form the political beliefs and positions they hold today.
Beyond Civility believes we are less likely to demonize people we know personally,
and is pleased to offer this opportunity to get behind the party platforms and
political personas of election campaigns and get to know our public officials on a
more personal level.