In an era of cultural conservatives and the liberal elite, Occupiers and Tea Partiers, civil uprisings and government crackdowns, perhaps the one point of agreement today is there’s no shortage of disagreement. But if that’s true, then why isn’t there more debate—not online flame wars, not the televised jockeying of political candidates, not hollow calls for unanimity, but genuine, full-throated dialog.
That question was a starting point for this three-day symposium on agonism in the public sphere, co-presented by the Walker Art Center and Northern Lights.
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