Ferguson as a Case Study in Persuasion
Thank you for joining the Robina Institute on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, for "Ferguson as a Case Study in Persuasion." View a recording of the symposium below.
This symposium's launching point was 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 examined those reports and used them as a case study on 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 explored the reactions they elicited. We also considered 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 attempted to 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.
This event was organized by Claire Hill. This event was made possible with generous support from the University of Minnesota Law School and the 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. Additional sponsorship was provided by the University of Minnesota’s Center for the Study of Political Psychology, and the Hennepin County Bar Association.
Continuing Legal Education (CLE)
5 standard CLE credits were approved by the Minnesota State Board of Continuing Legal Education office. Event Code: 245494.
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