Controversy, critical thinking and talking to each other


While historians tell us political stratification and bellicose posturing is nothing new in America, it feels worse now. Information silos, warring experts and social media have left many of us feeling embattled, defensive and suspicious. Political controversies have devolved into moral controversies. Democracy, however, is based on the hope that we might solve our problems by talking to each other. How do we talk to each other with respect in this environment?

Matt Kundert, Ph.D., will discuss talking with people with differing ideological and political points of view at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 3.

Focusing on how we feel about what divides us, he will explore through different examples of controversy how intractability comes from the amplification of political controversies into moral controversies.  

Kundert earned his doctorate in English literature from the University of Arizona. His dissertation focused on the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Our speaker has taught freshman composition at the university for ten years and specializes in 19th-century American literature.

Kundert will focus on how we feel about what divides us. He will discuss the need for critical thinking to maintain healthy conversations about the issues of the day.

Tickets to all Monday Morning Lectures are $5 at the door of the Renaissance Theater.