Wake Forest Law co-sponsors panel discussion ‘Truth, Lies and Politics’ on Tuesday, Feb. 16, in Wait Chapel

Graphic of the details of the Truth, Lies, and Politics event

Wake Forest Law is co-sponsoring “Truth, Lies and Politics: Ideology, Rationality and Choice in an Election Year” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16, in Wait Chapel.

Panelists include Naomi Oreskes, professor of the history of science at Harvard University; Anthony Appiah, professor of philosophy and law at New York University; and Dan Kahan, professor of law and psychology at Yale Law School. The panel will be moderated by Melissa Harris-Perry, professor of politics and international affairs at Wake Forest University and founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race and Politics in the South.

The panelists will discuss what role citizens should play in an environment plagued by polarization, bias, prejudice and willful self-deception and the often misleading world of politics and media. The event will search for answers to the following questions, among others:

  • What obligation do we have, as citizens in a democracy, to be informed about issues of public importance, such as the human impact on climate, or the causes of economic inequality?
  • Is the media a positive or negative factor in our democracy today?
  • What is the relationship between ideology and belief? How are our convictions and our actions influenced by our psychology, our cultural context, and our ideological biases?

Wake Forest University’s Office of Sustainability, Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability, Department of Philosophy and Thomas Jack Lynch Philosophy Fund, among others, are also co-sponsoring the event.