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Linda M.G. Zerilli Delivers Kenneth Burke Lecture

On March 21st, the Center for Democratic Deliberation hosted the 25th annual Kenneth Burke Lecture. Linda Zerilli, the Charles E. Merriam Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science and professor of gender and sexuality studies at the University of Chicago, presented "A Democratic Theory of Judgement." In her lecture, Zerilli explored the concept of “reflective judgment” and its implications for contemporary democratic theory and practice.

Us vs. Them Teach-In held in Foster Auditorium

On February 20th, faculty, staff, and students gathered in Foster Auditorium for the teach-in title "Us vs. Them: Racism, Islamophobia and the Politics of Division." The panel of presenters featured Gabeba Baderoon, Associate Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and African Studies and Affiliate Faculty in Comparative Literature, Ebony Coletu, Assistant Professor of English and African American Studies and Affiliate Faculty in the Center for Democratic Deliberation, Zachary Morgan, Assistant Professor of Latin American History and African American Studies, and Cynthia Young, Department Head and Associate Professor of African American Studies. Joshua Inwood, Associate Professor of Geography and Senior Research Associate in the Rock Ethics Institute moderated the discussion with questions from the audience.

CDD graduate fellow receives support from Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation

2015-2016 CDD Fellow Jessica A. Kurr has received a grant from the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation for research on her book project, When the Fed Speaks. With the help of this grant, Jessica hopes to builds on research she conducted for her dissertation about the role of the Federal Reserve in economic policy debates. The project examines the differing rhetorical strategies of influential Fed chairs, including Marriner Eccles, William McChesney Martin Jr., Arthur Burns, Paul Volcker, Alan Greenspan, and Ben Bernanke. The research grant from the Ford Presidential Foundation will provide Jessica the resources necessary to conduct research on Arthur Burns, who was Fed chair during the Nixon, Ford, and Carter administrations. In addition to contributing to public understanding of the changing role of the Fed in economic debates, Jessica hopes to illuminate the challenges involved in engaging the public in debates over complex economic policies.