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Civil discourse group in Tucson gets new leader

TUCSON — The National Institute for Civil Discourse in Tucson has appointed a new executive director.

The appointment of Carolyn Lukensmeyer as the institute’s top leader was announced by the University of Arizona, which runs the institute.

Lukensmeyer worked previously as founder and president of the nonprofit group AmericaSpeaks.

Earlier in her career, she worked as chief of staff for then-Ohio Gov. Richard Celeste.

The National Institute for Civil Discourse’s goal is to develop programs, stage conferences, design curricula and encourage research intended to promote more civility in the political arena.

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