The City of Madison is inviting community members to submit nominations for the 2018 Jeffrey Clay Erlanger Civility in Public Discourse Award.
The award was created by the Common Council to honor Madison residents who exemplify Jeff Erlanger’s model of fairness, openness, and civility in public discourse. Erlanger, who passed away in 2007, was committed to public service and understood that through civil debate and effective representation those with varying opinions could come together on how to solve issues within the community. Erlanger served on the City of Madison’s Economic Development Commission and chaired the Commission on People with Disabilities as well as the Board of Directors of the Community Living Alliance.
“Today, more than ever, we must take a stand, as Jeff did, for civil conversations and, by example, show others how to disagree without yelling, name-calling and open hostility,” the City of Madison said in a statement. “This is a time in our country when we are divided; neighbors, coworkers and even family members do not speak to one another. This is a wonderful opportunity to honor Jeff’s legacy – the legacy of a man who worked with others in an honorable and respectful manner regardless of political affiliation, religious belief, age, race, sexual orientation or any of the many other differences that contribute to our growing lack of civility.”
Nominations should contain detailed information regarding the nominee sufficient to allow the award committee to determine that the candidate meets the award criteria. The award committee will not conduct additional research.
Nominations must be submitted on the nomination application and returned to:
Mayor’s Office Attn: Jeffrey Clay Erlanger Award Nomination Committee
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Room 403
Madison, WI 53703
Nomination forms may be submitted via fax at 608-267-8671 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Erlanger Award” in the subject line of email communications.
All nominations must be received no later than Friday, Nov. 2, 4:30 p.m.