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Robert Talisse’s Forthcoming Book on Political Polarization

Robert Talisse is co-author of a new book coming out in Spring, 2020 entitled Political Argument in a Polarized Age: Reason and Democratic Life (Polity Books). Robert served as a member of the Humility and Conviction in Public Life’s advisory board and he is currently a professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. His current research concerns Democracy, Liberalism, Pluralism, […]

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Ruth Braunstein’s New Book on “Religion, Humility, and Democracy”

University of Connecticut sociology professor and HCPL core faculty Ruth Braunstein has a new book entitled “Religion, Humility, and Democracy in a Divided America.” This edited volume explores how religion and religious convictions shape American political life, both as drivers of polarization and as agents of political engagement. Ruth’s other books include Prophets and Patriots: Faith in […]

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Michael Lynch on MSNBC Talking about Social Media Use in Public Life

The University of Connecticut Humanities Institute (UConn-UCHI) director and HCPL co-PI Michael Lynch joined MSNBC’s Morning Joe and company to talk about his new book “Know-It-All Society: Truth and Arrogance in Political Culture.” His book examines the predominant way that social media is deployed in today’s culture. Facebook and Twitter are not necessarily used to share […]

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Events

Presenting Science to the Public in a Post-Truth Era

Friday, May 24, 2019 4-7pm Dodd Center Auditorium With Dr. Åsa Wikforss (Stockholm University), Dr. Michael Lynch (University of Connecticut), Dr. Tali Sharot (University College London) Sponsored jointly by the Science of Learning & Art of Communication (SLAC) program and the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute (UCHI) How can we present scientific information to the […]

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SEWing Circle Featured Speaker: Deborah Mower

   “Moral Conviction and Civility” Thursday, December 6, UCHI Conference Room, 2:00 – 3:30 PM  Deborah Mower is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Mississippi, and specializes in Moral Psychology, Applied Ethics, Moral Education, Virtue Ethics, and Asian Philosophy.  American political discourse has always been combative but recent years have brought a […]

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Engagement

The Conviction Workshop – February 1-2, 2019

“How ought we to believe?” For the participants at The Conviction Workshop, this question raised a number of concerns about the nature, function and appropriateness of “conviction.” As a moral, cultural, emotional and political concept, conviction bridges the ground between belief and action. For some, moral convictions can serve to protect or correct normative structures; […]

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