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The prestigious Stubblefield Institute for Civil Political Communications Civility Award goes to individuals whose commitment to civility in political communication has been demonstrated throughout their career. Award recipients are selected in 4 categories: media, state government, national government, and business.

The next Civility Awards will be given in summer of 2024.

Civility Award recipients include:

David Brooks, PBS NewsHour Commentator
Suzanne Clark, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Larry Hogan, Former Governor of Maryland
U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-WA
Mark Shields, PBS NewsHour commentator (awarded posthumously)
U.S. Rep. William Timmons, R-SC


The American Conversation Series brings together well-known national speakers for moderated discussions of the most challenging issues facing the nation today. The American Conversation Series seeks to present diverse viewpoints so that an issue can be explored thoroughly rather than through a partisan lens.

Upcoming events in the American Conversation Series:  Plans are underway – Please check back soon!



Community Engagement Conversations focus on local and WV issues, bringing together community and state leaders to examine the multi-faceted challenges experienced in the Mountain State and surrounding region.

Upcoming Community Engagement Conversations:


The Stubblefield Institute for Civil Political Communications is a place for robust public debate by politicians, political candidates, public officials and subject-matter experts. These debates are often held in partnership with local and state media outlets so as to best reach and inform our electorate.

Upcoming debates:


In spring 2024 the Stubblefield Institute partners with Newsweek to celebrate the people and organizations who work to foster good-faith debate and bridge political and cultural divides. 

The Newsweek-Stubblefield Institute Civility Awards will recognize eight individuals or institutions from a wide range of categories, from national leaders and non-profits to philanthropists and student organizations making a positive change in their communities.