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Learning to Disagree: A Conversation with John Inazu

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University of Illinois College of Law and the Program in Constitutional Theory, History and Law; the Department of Communication
Gregory Hall, 810 S Wright St, Urbana, IL 61801
Apr 11, 2024   6:00 - 7:30 pm  

Learning to Disagree: A Conversation With John Inazu

April 11, 2024
6:00 pm
Gregory Hall 112 Auditorium

Free and open to the public.

We are not very good at disagreement. We view our adversaries not only as wrong but increasingly as evil, we resist notions of forgiveness, and we distrust institutions that try to mediate our disagreements.

Yet even in a tense cultural climate, it is possible to disagree productively and respectfully without compromising our convictions. Over a range of challenging issues, Inazu helps us engage honestly and empathetically with people whose viewpoints we find strange, wrong, or even dangerous.

Learning to disagree is good for each of us and essential to the vitality of our democracy.

About John Inazu

John Inazu is the Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law & Religion and Professor of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis.

John Inazu’s scholarship focuses on the First Amendment freedoms of speech, assembly, and religion, and related questions of legal and political theory. His books include Liberty’s Refuge: The Forgotten Freedom of Assembly (Yale University Press, 2012) and Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference (University of Chicago Press, 2016; paperback 2018). Inazu is the special editor of a volume on law and theology published in Law and Contemporary Problems and co-editor (with Tim Keller) of Uncommon Ground: Living Faithfully in a World of Difference (Thomas Nelson, 2020).  His articles have appeared in a number of law reviews and specialty journals, and he has written broadly for mainstream audiences in publications including the Atlantic, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post. Prior to law teaching, Inazu clerked for Judge Roger L. Wollman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and served for four years as an associate general counsel with the Department of the Air Force at the Pentagon.

Inazu’s next book, Learning to Disagree: The Surprising Path to Navigating Differences with Empathy and Respect, will be published by Zondervan in Spring 2024. He also has a weekly Substack, Some Assembly Required.

Sponsored by the Illinois Program in Constitutional Theory, History and Law
Co-sponsored by the Department of Communication

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