The Iran Nuclear Deal and American PartisanshipSen. Richard Lugar September 22, 2015, 4:00 p.m., St. Olaf College, Buntrock Commons, Viking Theater
The Role of Government in a Free, Fair, and Prosperous MinnesotaEmber Reichgott Junge, John Marty, and Steve Sviggum September 25, 2015, 3:30 p.m., St. Olaf College, Buntrock Commons, Viking Theater
Liberalism and Racial JusticeCharles Mills October 20, 2015, 7:00 p.m., St. Olaf College, Tomson Hall 280
The One True and Verified Theory of How We Got So Rich: Liberty and DignityDeirdre McCloskey October 29, 2015, 7:30 p.m., St. Olaf College, Tomson Hall 280
Sanctity vs. Dignity in the Beginning and Ending of LifeTimothy P. Jackson December 8, 2015, 7:00 p.m., St. Olaf College, Buntrock Commons, Viking Theater
Climate Policy and Religion: Perspectives on the Papal EncyclicalChristina Peppard, Robert Stavins, and Damon Linker March 9, 2016, 7:00 p.m., St. Olaf College, Tomson Hall 280
Disagreement (2016): St. Olaf Symposium for Constructive Political Discourse and InquiryMarch 31–April 1, 2016, St. Olaf College
The Institute for Freedom & Community presents “Disagreement – a Symposium for Constructive Political Discourse and Inquiry.”
With political discord and contempt at a fever pitch in this election cycle, The Institute for Freedom & Community at St. Olaf College is doing something about it. This two-day symposium will feature three prominent speakers presenting on coarse rhetoric and contemptuous politics in today’s society, including Mark Kingwell, Jonathan Haidt and Sarah Sobieraj. This event will aim to foster civil discourse and create civility in public debate.
Jerks, Asshats, and the Unstable Politics of CivilityMark Kingwell March 31, 2016, 7:00 p.m., St. Olaf College, Tomson Hall 280
To begin the symposium, Kingwell will argue that a robust account of civil discourse, rooted in a sense of shared vulnerability, is our only viable path forward.
What on Earth is Happening to our Country? The Moral Psychology of Political DivisionJonathan Haidt April 1, 2016, 3:00 p.m., St. Olaf College, Buntrock Commons, Black and Gold Ballroom
On day two of the symposium, drawing from The Righteous Mind, Haidt will focus on polarization and politics in the 2016 campaign.
Extreme Incivility and Political VoiceSarah Sobieraj April 1, 2016, 4:30 p.m., St. Olaf College, Buntrock Commons, Black and Gold Ballroom
Also on day two of the symposium, Sobieraj will discuss the connections between extreme incivility and political voice.
American Fault Lines: Politics, Community, and the 2016 ElectionDante Chinni April 18, 2016, 4:00 p.m., St. Olaf College, Buntrock Commons, Viking Theater
Award-winning political journalist Dante Chinni will deliver a lecture titled American Fault Lines: Politics, Community, and the 2016 Election.
Nationalism and Identity in Israeli PoliticsNadav Shelef May 2, 2016, 7:00 p.m., Sun Ballroom, Buntrock Commons, St. Olaf College
Shelef will discuss how ethnicity and religion impacts Israeli political discourse over citizenship, policies, and borders.