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P.M. Forni

Authority on Civility and Manners

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BIO

A native of Italy, P.M. Forni is a Professor of Italian Literature at Johns Hopkins University, where he heads the Civility Initiative and where he has been recognized with awards for outstanding teaching. He is a graduate of the University of Pavia and received his Ph.D at UCLA.

He has published widely on Italian literary icon Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375). In 1997 he co-founded the Johns Hopkins Civility Project, an aggregate of academic and community outreach activities aimed at assessing the importance of manners, civility and politeness in contemporary societies. In 2000 he founded the Civility Initiative at Johns Hopkins. Professor Forni was a Fellow at Villa I Tatti, the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence. Also in Florence, he directed the academic program of the Charles S. Singleton Center for Italian Renaissance Studies at Villa Spelman.

His book Choosing Civility: The Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct has sold more than 100,000 copies. It has been called a ”simple, practical, perfectly measured, and quietly magical handbook on the lost art of civility and compassion”, and was featured on Oprah. His most recent book is The Civility Solution: What To Do When People Are Rude. Recommended as a “fabulous book” by Peggy Post, director of the Emily Post Institute, it is a thoughtful and practical discussion of the importance of civility in today’s hectic world. Reports on his work have appeared in, among others, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Times of London, the Corriere della Sera, and O Magazine.


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BOOKS

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The Thinking Life
How to Thrive in the Age of Distraction
St. Martin's Griffin

"The most provocative and useful book I’ve read in years." —Robert Sutton, New York Times bestselling author of The No Asshole Rule How do we turn off the...
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The Civility Solution
What to Do When People Are Rude
St. Martin's Griffin

Many of us find ourselves confronted with rudeness every day and don’t know how to respond. P.M. Forni, the author of the acclaimed Choosing Civility, has the...
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Choosing Civility
The Twenty-five Rules of Considerate Conduct
St. Martin's Griffin

Most people would agree that thoughtful behavior and common decency are in short supply, or simply forgotten in hurried lives of emails, cellphones, and...

SPEECHES

Life is a Relational Experience: Civility, Ethics and Quality of Life: Forni's talk on the importance of civility in everyday life, and how the way we conduct ourselves is directly related to our quality of life and self.

The Future of Civility in the Medical Workplace: Dr. Forni speaks extensively to medical groups on the importance of civility in the profession, and how hospitals, clinics, and practices can help to make the medical profession more civil.

The Costs of Incivility and the Benefits of Fostering Civility in the American Workplace: Dr. Forni's lecture on the benefits of fostering civility in the workplace, and how companies can grow and thrive in so doing.


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