University of Richmond: Tolerance and Civility

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Jepson School of Leadership Studies: “Tolerance and Civility”


On February 6, 2020, the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond, a JMC partner program, will be hosting JMC fellow Teresa Bejan for a lecture on tolerance and civility.

Thursday, February 6, 2020 • 4:30 PM
Robins School of Business, Ukrop Auditorium • University of Richmond

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Teresa BejanTeresa Bejan is an Associate Professor of Political Theory and Fellow of Oriel College at the University of Oxford. She writes about political theory, bringing historical perspectives to bear on contemporary questions. Her dissertation was awarded the American Political Science Association’s Leo Strauss Award for the best dissertation in political philosophy in 2015. In 2016, she was elected as the final Balzan-Skinner Fellow in Modern Intellectual History at Cambridge. Professor Bejan publishes regularly in popular and scholarly venues. Her first book, Mere Civility: Disagreement and the Limits of Toleration (Harvard University Press, 2017) was called “penetrating and sophisticated” by the New York Times, and her work has been featured on PBS, WNYC, CBC radio, Philosophy Bites and other podcasts. She is currently at work on a new book on the history of equality before modern egalitarianism supported by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship.

Professor Bejan is a JMC fellow.

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The Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond draws upon the liberal arts to advance the understanding of leadership and the challenges of ethical and effective engagement in society. The study of leadership explores fundamental questions about who we are, how we live together, and how we influence the course of history. It exemplifies the spirit of the liberal arts: to educate people to take an active role in the world. The Jepson School helps students realize their distinctive capacities and apply their learning for the good of society.

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The John Marshall International Center for the Study of Statesmanship in the University of Richmond’s Jepson School of Leadership Studies hosts conferences and speakers to discuss leadership and provide diverse intellectual perspectives. The center is named in honor of Richmond’s famous citizen, John Marshall. Marshall is best known for his long tenure as Chief Justice of the United States from 1801-1835. He also served as United States Secretary of State from 1800-1801 and briefly as a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1799-1800. “It is entirely fitting that this program honor the memory of Richmond’s famous citizen, John Marshall,” says Gary L. McDowell, one of the original co-directors of the Marshall Center, “In every role, one sees his firm commitment to responsible decision-making by political leaders that lay at the foundation of his understanding of the rule of law and modern constitutionalism.”

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