Humility and vulnerability are no longer values that are rewarded in the political arena, and it’s up to individuals, and their relationships, to begin a sea change that could “trickle up” into political leadership.
That was the message Tuesday evening as prominent political figures, journalists, educators, academics and nonprofit leaders came together for a public forum, titled “Humility in Politics,” in Washington, D.C.
The project aims to investigate how intellectual humility – through being aware of our own innate biases and responses to new evidence – can overcome current political divisiveness.
“This is an unprecedented attempt to apply humanities and social science research to solve problems in the political sphere,” said Michael Lynch, professor of philosophy and director of the Humanities Institute, in his opening remarks.
The UConn Humanities Institute has received a $5.75 million grant from the Templeton Foundation for its project on public discourse. The project will examine the role that traits such as humility and open-mindedness can play in meaningful public discourse, with the hope of promoting healthier and more constructive discussion about divisive issues in religion, science, and politics.
A brief walk with Glenn Mitoma, the Director of UConn’s Dodd Center and Upstander Project collaborator, as he explains the meaning and hopes behind this week’s INTELLECTUAL HUMILITY in SECONDARY EDUCATION: UPSTANDER ACADEMY August 1-5, 2016, UConn Storrs Campus. A human rights-based professional development opportunity for educators.
Sponsored by the UConn Humanities Institute Intellectual Humility in Public Discourse Project through the generous support of the John Templeton Foundation.