SUNY-Geneseo: The Meaning of Education in a Time of Political Turmoil

SUNY-Geneseo: “The Meaning of Education in a Time of Political Turmoil”


On April 8, 2021, the Forum on Constitutionalism and Democracy at SUNY-Geneseo will be holding a virtual discussion with fellow Lauren Hall and Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò on the meaning and role of liberal and civic education in a time of political turmoil and polarization. Each participant will present some brief remarks, to be followed by a dialogue between the panelists and with the audience. Professor Hall will discuss “Intersectionality, Complexity, and Humility: Liberal Education in a Polarized Moment.”  Professor Táíwò’s remarks will focus on “Being-in-the-Room Privilege and Constructive Epistemology.”:

Constitutional democracy requires an informed citizenry, and one of the great achievements of democracy in the United States has been the historically unprecedented expansion of access to higher education.  Today, the twin crises of political polarization and COVID-19 have shone a new spotlight on colleges and universities.  Never has the task of higher education been more necessary, more imperiled, and more up for debate.  Indeed, the very identity of that task—what a liberal education is and what it ought to teach—is now more open to question than ever before.  Please join us for a discussion with Lauren Hall (RIT) and Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò (Georgetown) as we seek to understand the implications of these developments for the future of higher education and constitutional democracy.

Thursday, April 8, 2021, 4:00 PM, EDT
A virtual lecture through Zoom

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Lauren HallLauren Hall is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Rochester Institute of the Technology. Her research interests include American politics and political development, politics of women and the family, evolutionary theory, and bioethics. In addition to The Medicalization of Birth and Death, she is the author of  Family and the Politics of Moderation: Private Life, Public Goods, and the Rebirth of Social Individualism (Baylor, 2014), as well as several pieces on the classical liberal tradition and the interaction between politics and social issues.

Professor Hall is a JMC fellow.

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Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò (Jared Rodriguez)

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Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University. He completed his PhD at University of California, Los Angeles. His theoretical work draws liberally from German transcendental philosophy, contemporary philosophy of language, contemporary social science, histories of activism and activist thinkers, and the Black radical tradition. He is currently writing a book entitled Reconsidering Reparations that considers a novel philosophical argument for reparations and explores links with environmental justice. He also is committed to public engagement and is publishing articles in popular outlets with general readership (e.g. Slate, Pacific Standard) exploring intersections between climate justice and colonialism.

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The Forum on Constitutionalism and Democracy at SUNY-Geneseo was established in 2019 by Professors Carly Herold and Aaron Herold to establish programming and foster campus conversations about civic education and liberal democracy.  The Forum is supported by a grant from the Jack Miller Center for Teaching America’s Founding Principles and History.



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