Topeka
Topeka

Russell Jacobs Lecture

Our speaker for 2024 is Professor Robert B. Talisse from Vanderbilt University. The title of his lecture will be "The Civic Value of Solitude."
"This is what democracy looks like" is typically the caption to a photo of engaged citizens publicly assembled to express a common political sentiment. Democracy indeed needs an active citizenry. However, democracy also needs citizens to be reflective. The trouble is that common modes of collective democratic action can dismantle our reflective capacities by escalating polarization and partisan animosity. It turns out that there are certain civic virtues that can be cultivated and exercised only in solitude.

Russell Jacobs Lecture
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  • Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center - Washburn University
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