On social media, university campuses, the campaign trail, and even in congressional hearings, Americans seem increasingly incapable of rational disagreement. Instead, we practice the arts of emotive and often hysterical condemnation. Surveys reveal that an increasingly large percentage of Americans readily admit to hating fellow citizens who are members of the political party they oppose.
What are the sources of this decline in civility? What has led us to take such absolutist stances toward those with whom we disagree? Why do universities so often seem to encourage students in the worst habits of civic engagement? Could universities do a better job modeling rational disagreement?
On April 9, 2019, Baylor in Washington hosted the renowned social psychologist Jonathan Haidt, philosopher Robert P. George, and other intellectual leaders as they engaged these questions and proposed a way forward.
Panel Conversation I:
Dr. David D. Corey, Professor of Political Science in the Honors Program & Assistant Director of Baylor in Washington, Baylor University
Dr. Allison Stanger, Russell J. Leng '60 Professor of International Politics and Economics, Middlebury College
Dr. Chad C. Pecknold, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, The Catholic University of America
Dr. Joseph Capizzi, Ordinary Professor of Moral Theology and Ethics & Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, The Catholic University of America; Executive Director, The Institute for Human Ecology
Panel Conversation II:
Dr. Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence & Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University; Distinguished Senior Fellow, Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion
Dr. Jonathan Haidt, Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership, New York University Stern School of Business
Dr. Candace Vogler, David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor of Philosophy, University of Chicago
Dr. Thomas Hibbs, Dean of the Honors College & Director of Baylor in Washington, Baylor University