Open conversation to discuss democracy and disagreement

Few could argue that this election season has been a unique one in American politics.

But why? Which voices are being listened to, and which are not being heard? What do those opposing views say about our democracy and ourselves?

The Washington University in St. Louis community is invited to take part in an open conversation Wednesday, Sept. 14, that explores these issues and more.

Moderated by Adrienne Davis, vice provost and the William M. Van Cleve Professor of Law, “Election 2016: Democracy and Disagreement,” will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in Anheuser-Busch Hall’s Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom on the Danforth Campus.

“Our nation was founded in disagreement, and once we established our modern democracy, we didn’t stop the debate about how we were going to perfect it,” Davis said. “For more than two centuries, we have sought ways to model robust disagreement with an ongoing commitment to a shared nation.

“Disagreement is an especially core value at universities. The roundtable will explore these issues in historical and contemporary context and invite the audience to discuss the value and modes of disagreement in our local, national and global communities.”

Joining Davis on the panel will be Greg Magarian, professor of law in the School of Law; Shayel Patnaik, a junior majoring in history in Arts & Sciences; Kayla Reed, a University College student majoring in African and African-American studies in Arts & Sciences; Will Ross, MD, associate dean for diversity and professor of medicine at the School of Medicine; and Adia Harvey Wingfield, professor of sociology in Arts & Sciences.

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