Ferguson as a Case Study in Persuasion

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Carlson School of Management

University of Minnesota

321 19th Avenue South

Minneapolis, MN 55455

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Thank you for your interest in the conference on "Ferguson as a Case Study in Persuasion" scheduled for Friday, October 13, 2017 in the 3M Auditorium at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota.

THE CONFERENCE IS SOLD OUT. Due to overwhelming interest, the conference has sold out, but we anticipate that there will be cancellations, so please register for the waiting list. We will release seats to the waiting list as they become available.

Ferguson as a Case Study in Persuasion
3M Auditorium
Carlson School of Management
University of Minnesota

Conference Description

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. 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.

Read the complete conference description and current conference agenda here.

Speakers and panelists include:
Matt Apuzzo

Marc Olivier Baruch

Jonathan Salem Baskin

Avner Ben-Ner

Susanna Blumenthal

John Borrows

Jonathan Capehart

June Carbone

Fara Gold

Commissioner Shawntera Hardy

Brian Herron

Claire Hill

Matthew Hutson

Garry Jenkins

Hon. Mark Kappelhoff

Howard Lavine

Christy Lopez

Art Markman

Robert Moossy

Hon. Jed Rakoff

Chris Roberts

Ebony Ruhland

Tracy Schmaler

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

Breakfast and Lunch
A continental breakfast will be provided.

Lunch will be available for purchase. If you would like to order lunch from the conference, please select from the options provided when you register.

Students are welcome and encouraged to attend.

We ask that all students register through this registration system.

Continuing Legal Education

An application for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit will be submitted.

Parking and Directions
Parking information and directions to the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management can be found, here.

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, and the Office of Advancement. With additional sponsorhip from the University’s Center for the Study of Political Psychology and the Hennepin County Bar Association.

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