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Join us for a pre-recorded interview with Gary Morson (Slavic Languages & Literatures, Northwestern U.) and Morton Schapiro (President of Northwestern U. and Dept. Economics), co-authors of Minds Wide Shut: How the New Fundamentalisms Divide Us (Princeton UP, 2021), followed by a faculty panel discussion of the book via Zoom. The faculty panel will include Sam Cowling (Philosophy), Veerendra Lele (Sociology/Anthropology and Provost’s Office), May Mei (Math), and Heather Pool (Politics & Public Affairs).
In Minds Wide Shut, Morson and Schapiro examine how rigid adherence to ideological thinking has altered politics, economics, religion, and literature in ways that are mutually reinforcing and antithetical to the open-mindedness and readiness to compromise that animate democracy. In response, they propose alternatives that would again make serious dialogue possible.