(CNN) — Former presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush will team up to serve as honorary chairmen of a new center created at the University of Arizona to advance the national conversation taking place about civility in political debate, university officials will announce Monday.
The creation of the institute comes in the aftermath of the January 8 shootings at a Tucson Safeway store where six people were killed and 13 hurt, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.)
Fred Duval, vice chairman of the Arizona Board of Regents and one of the originators of the ideas, said the National Institute for Civil Discourse will open in Tucson on Monday.
“This was going to happen somewhere, it ought to be here,” he said.
It will be a non-partisan center for debate, research, education and policy generation regarding civility in public discourse.
The idea came to Duval after he heard President Barack Obama’s speech in Tucson, Duval said. Giffords’ road to recovery
“A group of us got together that night after President Obama’s speech and talked about things,” he said. “President Clinton got involved and it took off.”