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You are invited to join the University of Minnesota Law School's Institute on Law and Rationality on Friday, October 13 for a conference on "Ferguson as a Case Study in Persuasion" in the 3M Auditorium at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota.
Ferguson as a Case Study in Persuasion
Carlson School of Management
University of Minnesota
This conference is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Law School’s Institute for Law and Rationality, the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, the Human Rights Center, the Carlson School of Management, the University’s Center for the Study of Political Psychology, and the Hennepin County Bar Association.
Our society’s ability to have productive dialogues about important social issues is at a nadir. We don’t know how to productively disagree with each other, and we certainly don’t know how to persuade. This conference seeks to engage scholars and practitioners with varying experiences and backgrounds in a discussion of their attempts to persuade and their views as to what works, what doesn’t, and why.
Our launching point is the Ferguson reports, prepared and presented in a context where the findings were sure to be strongly challenged by people with contrary prior beliefs and an enormous amount at stake in maintaining those beliefs. This symposium examines those reports, using them as a case study in how people are, or are not, persuaded regarding high profile incidents that raise complex and sensitive societal issues. The symposium should demonstrate that taking a more critical perspective about one’s own assumptions and biases (about, among other things, race, class, and the workings of the police and other governmental institutions) is both warranted and productive.
This conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
Students are welcome and encouraged to attend. We ask that students register as well.
A continental breakfast will be provided. Lunch will be available for purchase. If you would like to order a conference select a lunch option when you register.