Gabrielle Giffords University Of Arizona National Institute For Civil Discourse

March 10, 2012 by staff 

Gabrielle Giffords University Of Arizona National Institute For Civil Discourse, Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is taking an advisory role at an academic institute at the University of Arizona here.
Gabrielle Giffords is joining the National Institute for Civil Discourse. The center was formed after last year’s Tucson shooting that left six dead and 13 others wounded, including Giffords.

Giffords, an Arizona Democrat who resigned from Congress last month more than a year after being shot in the head, is joining the National Institute for Civil Discourse, a center formed in wake of the Jan. 8, 2011, Tucson-area shooting where six people died and 13 others were wounded including Giffords. The shooting prompted a national debate over whether heated political rhetoric played any role in the tragedy.

The institute seeks to research and promote civil debate.

Giffords will be a member of the unpaid advisory board, serving with other such notable national figures as retired Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Colin Powell, former secretary of state and retired Army general, and former secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

Former presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton serve as honorary chairmen of the nonpartisan institute.

“We’re so pleased that Gabby is going to be on the board,” said Brint Milward, the institute’s director. “This (institute) was inspired by her.”

Advisory board members meet at least once a year and help with projects, he said. Their name recognition helps the institute command a higher stage. The institute also has a working board that oversees day-to-day activities

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