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Jonathan Rauch’s The Constitution of Knowledge: A Defense of Truth

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Americans are increasingly siloed into think-alike communities marked by disagreement over basic facts of our civic life. And although colleges and universities should be the preeminent homes of open inquiry, too often students and faculty report pressure to self-censor, research controversies being politicized, and social media leveraged to provoke rather than inform campus discourse.

Jonathan Rauch examines the obstacles to open inquiry and the search for the truth—and what can be done to remove those obstacles—in his forthcoming book, The Constitution of Knowledge: A Defense of Truth.

Please join us for a conversation with Jonathan Rauch about his book and the questions it raises about the role of colleges and universities in our pluralistic democracy.


Featured Participants

Panel discussion with:

Sigal Ben-Porath
Professor, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education
@SigalBenPorath

Jonathan Rauch
Senior Fellow in Governance Studies, The Brookings Institute
@jon_rauch

Moderated by:

Steven F. Hayward
Fellow, Campus Free Expression Project, BPC
@stevenfhayward

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