September 27, 2019

Upcoming Events - Speeches, Forums and More!


October 17

Trinity United Methodist Church, Asheville, NC

Other Engagements

Aspen Institute's Knight Commission Panel on Trust, Media & Democracy

The Tennessean's Civility Tennessee Launch, Freedom Forum, Vanderbilt University

Leadership Nashville Panel on Civility at Vanderbilt University Seigenthaler Center

Chattanooga Downtown Rotary Club

Tennessee Lobbyists Association

Various Tennessee Rotary & Kiwanis Clubs

Nashville Women's Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club of Nashville

Leadership Knoxville

Tennessee Association of Community Leaders Conference

Woodmont Christian Church, Civility Reflection Series

Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce

TNSIA Conference

Various Book Clubs

Email to inquire about Jim speaking to your group, club, church or place of worship.

Discussing Civility on NewsChannel5's Open Line

July 03, 2018

NewsChannel5 Anchor Carrie Sharp & Author Jim Brown discuss the importance of our bedrock First Amendment and techniques to get out of our bubbles and be the change we wish to see.

NewsChannel5's Morning Line: Politics & Civility

July 01, 2018

NewsChannel5 Plus Host Nick Beres and Ending Our Uncivil War Author Jim Brown discuss civil discourse and take some great calls from viewers. Don't believe everything you think, eh? ...

Tennessean Op-Ed: "Are We Headed for Civil War or a Civility Revival?"

June 26, 2018

“God is on our side!”

“No, God is on our side!”

“Trump is wrong about everything. I hate him!”

“Trump is the best. He’s saving our country!”

And so it goes – in Nashville, across Tennessee and our deeply divided country.

Last year, I wrote Ending Our Uncivil War: A Path to Political Recovery & Spiritual Renewal. Since then, some are saying we’re heading toward actual civil war. There’s evidence they may be right. 

PODCAST: Blocking Friends on Facebook, the 2016 Elections, Social Media Management & More!

February 16, 2018

Angelo John Lewis with the Diversity and Spirituality Network engages Author Jim Brown on several hot topics - why some block friends on Facebook and why you should consider otherwise, how we can be scouts instead of soldiers, how to manage social media better, the 2016 election, and of course agape!

Enjoy the podcast!

David Plazas: "Civility Tennessee event confirms craving for deep connection"

February 04, 2018

"Civility Tennessee’s inaugural event began about two hours before President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union speech on Tuesday. The timing was no accident. 

The Tennessean’s yearlong campaign is about promoting civility, but also about engaging and challenging the community to think differently and move away from the animus that has divided so many Americans.

It is about bringing people together despite their political differences because there is a lot more that unites us than divides us. This is not about avoiding tough or uncomfortable conversations, but it is about committing to doing so respectfully. ..."

The Tennessean: "We are launching Civility Tennessee to restore faith in each other"

January 14, 2018

"The toxic discourse in our politics of the present era has disrupted and, in some cases, harmed family relationships, bonds of friendship and the ability for us to connect with people who might not think or be like us. ...

"In that vein, this month we launch Civility Tennessee, a yearlong campaign to engage our community behind four core values:

  1. To encourage conversations that are civil and respectful, even if they are hard;

  2. To enhance civic participation in important conversations such as the local, state and federal elections of 2018;

  3. To help promote voter registration efforts;

  4. To increase news literacy and enhance trust between our consumers and our publications. ...

"The first of these events will be a conversation with Jim Brown, the Nashville-based author of the recently released "Ending our Uncivil War: A Path to Political Recovery and Spiritual Renewal." 

At Jim's request, I read the book last year and was thoroughly impressed by his addressing the issue with real-life, relevant local case studies; offering end-of-chapter reflections; and recommending solutions.

The event will be held 6-7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, at Vanderbilt University. Vanderbilt's Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy will be our host, and specifics on university location will be released to attendees pending public interest. Please RSVP at

Williamson Herald: "FrankTalks Discusses Book About Civility in an Uncivil Environment"

January 11, 2018

Jan. 10, 2018: The first FrankTalks of the new year took place at Columbia State Community College Monday morning and featured Jim Brown, the Tennessee state director for the National Federation of Independent Business and a lobbyist on Capitol Hill in Nashville.

Brown spoke about his book “Ending Our Uncivil War: A Path to Political Recovery & Spiritual Renewal,” which provides a path to creating a community and a nation of civility and conversation.

Brown began the discussion by displaying a bumper sticker that read, “Don’t believe everything you think,” and explained how the bumper sticker inspired him to do some introspection and self-examination that led him to get back to writing a book he started 10 years earlier about fixing government. ...

VIDEO: Author Jim Brown, Williamson County Community Discuss Uncivil War at FrankTalks

January 08, 2018

Franklin Tomorrow's Mindy Tate and Williamson County Community Leaders engage Author Jim Brown at FrankTalks on how we can end our uncivil war. The Q&A in the last 20 minutes is excellent!

BOOK RELEASE: “Ending Our Uncivil War” An ‘Essential Read in Today’s Divisive Political Climate’

December 30, 2017


Media Inquiries/Contact: Jim Brown

BOOK RELEASE: “Ending Our Uncivil War” 

An ‘Essential Read in Today’s Divisive Political Climate’

Acclaimed Author Father Richard Rohr, USA TODAY NETWORK’s David Plazas Endorse Timely, Transformative Book

NASHVILLE, TN, December 30, 2017 – Liberal and conservative critics are praising Ending Our Uncivil War: A Path to Political Recovery & Spiritual Renewal for charting an achievable track to greater civility and government functionality in America. Author Jim Brown, with an extensive background in government, media and interpersonal relations, provides the reader attainable action steps to rise well above dehumanizing social media and counter the fear, certitude and inclination toward authoritarianism that justifiably have many concerned. The timely book is now available on and, at select bookstores and via ...

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