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Are Bad Manners Immoral?

Is it immoral to have bad manners?

Dr. Karen Stohr, author of On Manners, will visit Duquesne University on Thursday, Nov. 8, to discuss the relationship between etiquette, manners and philosophy. Her talk, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 3:05 p.m. in the Duquesne Union Ballroom.

Students in McAnulty College's learning communities, residential groupings by majors and interest, have been reading On Manners this semester, and they participated in an essay competition responding to the book's chapter called Self-Presentation. Contest winners will have a special opportunity to talk with Stohr, an associate professor of philosophy at Georgetown University, during this event.

"The book resonates with many students because Dr. Stohr speaks about manners and etiquette from a very contemporary point of view," explained Dr. Evan Stoddard, associate dean of the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts. "She's really talking about morality and ethics when she's talking about manners."

Stoddard explained that the book was chosen for study because of its relevance to the themes of the learning communities.

"Another reason for choosing the work," Stoddard said, "is that it is consistent with our emphasis at Duquesne on ethics and on civility, both of which appear very prominently in the University's 2010-2015 Strategic Plan."

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.