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'Confident Pluralism'

Friday, 10 February, 2017

A Lecture by John Inazu, J.D., Ph.D., the Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law and Religion, and Professor of Political Science, at Washington University will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, in Seminar Room 124 at the Center for Global Citizenship.

With all of the polarization in our society and many seemingly irresolvable differences in our beliefs, values and identities, we are forced to ask "can we really live in peace together? “

Inazu argues that we can and must live together peaceably in spite of deep differences over politics, religion, sexuality and other matters. That can be can done so in two important ways:

By insisting on constitutional commitments that honor and protect differences.

By embodying tolerance, humility and patience in our speech, our collective action  and our relationships across difference.

‘Confident Pluralism’ suggests that it is often better to tolerate than to protest, better to project humility than defensiveness, and better to wait patiently for the fruits of persuasion than to expect immediate results. 

The event is sponsored by the Center for Intercultural Studies.

The lecture is free and open to the general public.