Jul. 26, 2021—This five-part audio series explores the question of how fear conquered truth, the history and origins of the strong grip misinformation and disinformation have on our politics, and how we got here today. The way forward isn’t about nostalgia, it’s not about sentimentality, it’s about seeing things whole.
Jul. 12, 2021—Instead of being a force of division as argued by many pundits, religion can be a balm to a polarized country if we are willing to separate religious beliefs from their accompanying practices and ethics. Besides anchoring faith, religious practices and ethics can embody and enliven a democratic community by showing us how to live in and between different politics of sacred value.
WATCH: “The Congressional Experience: An Institution Transformed” with U.S. Congressman David Price (D-NC)
Jun. 28, 2021—U.S. Congressman David Price (D-NC) and Vanderbilt experts on American politics participated in a candid conversation charting the transformation of Congress. Vanderbilt political scientists Alan Wiseman and Larry Bartels will share their expertise with Rep. Price in a lively discussion laced with anecdotes and analysis from his book “The Congressional Experience: An Institution Transformed.” In addition to...
Jun. 24, 2021—For more than 55 years, White House Fellows have made important contributions to American democracy, and this program can serve as a model for those seeking to push back on polarization.
Jun. 22, 2021—Viewed through the lens of developmental psychology, the United States can be seen as a late-stage adolescent as opposed to a nation in decline. This analogy may help explain some of the recent vicissitudes in American popular and political culture, and theories of developmental psychology may help chart a path toward reducing polarization.