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News and Readings

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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

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How We Argue: The Moral Foundations of Politics and Law

The University of Connecticut Law School and Connecticut Law Review are hosting a symposium entitled: “How We Argue: The Moral Foundations of Politics & Law.” The symposium, which will be held on October 11 from 8:30AM to 4:30PM will feature a keynote presentation by Danielle Allen (Harvard), as well as remarks by political commentator and former […]

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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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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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