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Combating Our Culture of Political Contempt

America has developed a “culture of contempt,” argues bestselling author and Washington Post columnist Arthur Brooks in his most recent book, Love Your Enemies. We increasingly view people who disagree with us not as merely incorrect or misguided, but as worthless or evil. On September 17, Brooks will show how we can bridge our divides and make progress as a society, all while becoming happier and more effective people. The solution, in part, will be for all of us, whether in the business world, in government, or on college campuses, to disagree better, not less. Following his prepared remarks,

Brooks will have a conversation with Professor David Primo about strategies for discussing the 2020 election and navigating political divides on college campuses. Brooks’s appearance could not come at a more important time for the nation and for the University of Rochester.

The event is a collaboration between the Politics and Markets Project; Arts, Sciences & Engineering; Wilson Commons Student Activities; and the Office of Advancement.

Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Virtual Event
Event Type

Lectures and Talks


Faculty, Students, Alumni, Staff


political science




Wilson Commons Student Activities

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