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Rhetoric and Evidence in a Polarized Society

March 01, 2018
5:00-7:00 PM


Event Oval, Diana Center Barnard College 3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

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Coming to Terms with a Polarized Society Lecture Series:

Title: “Rhetoric and Evidence in a Polarized Society”
Thursday, March 1, 2018, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Event Oval, Diana Center
Barnard College
3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

Mario L. Small (Harvard) will join Robert Krulwich (Radiolab; NPR) and Nicholas Lemann (Columbia University; The New Yorker) for a panel and discussion on America’s controversies about the nature of poverty, inequality, and economic opportunity. Small argues that the public discourse about these problems is undermined by an inability to communicate evidence about their causes and potential solutions. Some of this evidence is statistical, but much of it stems from qualitative studies about the lives and communities of the disadvantaged. He argues that an enhancement of qualitative reasoning would allow more serious consideration of the evidence, enhance public discourse, and lead to a more effective politics.


Mario Luis Small, Grafstein Family Professor at Harvard University


Robert Krulwich, science correspondent for NPR; co-host of Radiolab.

Nicholas Lemann, Nicholas Lemann, Joseph Pulitzer II and Edith Pulitzer Moore Professor of Journalism and Dean Emeritus of the Faculty of Journalism, Columbia University; staff writer for the New Yorker.

Moderated by Thomas DiPrete, Giddings Professor of Sociology.

Free and open to the public. RVSP encouraged but not required.

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