2019-2020

Fall Series: Discrimination and the Search for Justice and Truth

Debates about race, gender, and other social issues that have roiled the academy recently raise questions, at least implicitly, about the nature and purpose of higher education. Is higher education essentially about free and open inquiry in pursuit of truth or is it about the promotion of social justice? Are truth and justice always compatible ideals? Some have argued that these ideals can conflict and that the academy’s central telos is the pursuit of truth even at the expense of justice. Others have proposed that there is no real conflict between truth and justice, that truth requires justice and vice versa.  Still others say that “truth” is a social construction that invites deconstruction for the sake of justice.

A community discussion of this theme was inaugurated in a faculty seminar hosted by the Institute last July on “Liberal Arts, Academic Freedom, Truth and Social Justice.”

Glenn Loury

Truth, Justice and Racial Equality
A conversation with Glenn Loury, Merton P. Stoltz Professor of Economics at Brown and host of the Glenn Show podcast
Friday, September 27, 2019 at 3:30 p.m.
Tomson Hall 280


Alice Dreger

Truth, Justice and the Science of Gender
A conversation with Alice Dreger, writer, historian, and journalist and author of Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and One Scholar’s Search for Justice
Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Tomson Hall 280


Beth Truesdale

Truth, Justice and America’s Aging Workforce
A conversation with Beth Truesdale ’97, a sociologist who studies economic inequality, labor markets, health, and public policy
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Viking Theater