Can We Agree on the Truth of Climate, Health, and Elections? The Decline and Rise of Democratic Learning

Speaker: Archon Fung, Winthrop Laflin McCormack Professor of Citizenship and Democracy, Harvard Kennedy School

For Americans to face successfully big, collective challenges such as threats from climate change, infectious disease, and even democracy itself, we have to reach some level of agreement on the causes, risks, and promising solutions to these problems. But far from agreement, Americans are deeply polarized regarding not just appropriate solutions, but even the bare facts about them. In this discussion, we’ll explore why the extent of disagreement seems greater now than in past decades, the causes of that disagreement, and some strategies to build stronger civic and political muscles to better learn from each other, about the challenges we face, and narrow our disagreements about the truth.

Date

May 05 2022
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Time

4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

Location

1153 Mechanical Engineering
1513 University Ave.