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Disagreement, Civility, and Intolerance – the 2018 E. Maynard Adams Symposium for the Humanities

April 14 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm


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.

Disagreement, Civility, and Intolerance
Jeremy Waldron, University Professor and Professor of Law, New York University

Two Faculty Panels: Dialogic Responses to Professor Waldron’s Views on Disagreements, Civility and Intolerance

Panel Three: Open Discussion with Professor Waldron, Faculty Panelists, and the Audience

The Symposium begins with Professor Waldron’s lecture and a public reception in Wilson Library on Friday, April 13, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

The panel sessions will take place on Saturday, April 14, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Center for School Leadership Development.


The Adams Symposium is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. To received email updates about this program, complete this form. (Please note: Completing this form does not guarantee a seat at this event).

Carolina Public Humanities thanks the Taylor Charitable Trust, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Philosophy Department, and the School of Law for generously supporting this year’s Maynard Adams Symposium.


April 14
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
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UNC Center for School Leadership Development
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