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Symposium: Disagreements, Intolerance, and Incivility in Public Life

April 13 @ 5:30 pm - April 14 @ 12:30 pm

The 2018 E. Maynard Adams Symposium for the Humanities


The second annual Symposium in honor of the distinguished UNC philosopher Maynard Adams (1919-2003) will feature a keynote address by Jeremy Waldron, University Professor and Professor of Law at New York University. Professor Waldron is a leading international expert on issues such as torture, hate speech, theories of human equality and the concept of loyal opposition. How do we sustain democratic practices of civility and loyal opposition when people are completely convinced that they have the true position on political or social issues? Does intolerance follow from rational or irrational convictions about the correct answer to each political question?

Such questions grow out of our current cultural and political context, and they will provide a starting point for Professor Waldron’s presentation and for panel discussions at which faculty colleagues will respond to his themes and offer their own views on tolerance, civility, and democratic societies—issues that were all important also to Professor Adams.


The opening reception will be from 5:30pm-8pm on Friday, April 13th in Wilson Library; the sessions will run from 9am until 12:30pm on Saturday, April 14th at the Center for School Leadership Development. Free and open to the public.


A schedule and additional information is available here.