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  • Ferguson as a Case Study in Persuasion

  • When

    Friday, October 13
    8:15 am to 5:30 pm

    Where

    Walter F. Mondale Hall Room 25

    University of Minnesota Law School
    229 19th Ave S
    Minneapolis , MN 55455

Our society’s ability to have productive dialogues about important social issues is at a nadir. We don’t know how to productively disagree with each other, and we certainly don’t know how to persuade. This conference seeks to engage scholars and practitioners with varying experiences and backgrounds in a discussion of their attempts to persuade and their views as to what works, what doesn’t, and why. 

Our launching point is the Ferguson reports, prepared and presented in a context where the findings were sure to be strongly challenged by people with contrary prior beliefs and an enormous amount at stake in maintaining those beliefs. This symposium examines those reports, using them as a case study in how people are, or are not, persuaded regarding high profile incidents that raise complex and sensitive societal issues. Since the events in Ferguson occurred, the American public has been engaged in an important national dialogue about policing practices, race, community trust, and public safety. The dialogue is affected, and too often impeded, by people’s assumptions and biases; both the identification of problems, and the development of solutions, are adversely affected.   

Starting with a discussion of the Ferguson reports by the authors of the reports, we will then explore the reactions they elicited. Next, we will consider the “science” of persuasion, as well as attempts, successes, and failures at persuasion in other contexts from the perspective of those involved in persuading and being persuaded in legal and public arenas. The symposium should demonstrate that taking a more critical perspective about one’s own assumptions and biases (about, among other things, race, class, and the workings of the police and other governmental institutions) is both warranted and productive.

Sponsored By

This conference is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Law School’s Institute for Law and Rationality, the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, the Human Rights Center, the Carlson School of Management, the University’s Center for the Study of Political Psychology, and the Hennepin County Bar Association.

Cost

This conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Credits

5 Standard and 2 Elimination of Bias CLE credits have been requested; Event Code #245494

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Contact Information

Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice
(612) 626-6600

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University of Minnesota Law School

Walter F. Mondale Hall | 229 19th Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-625-1000

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