z2021 SVHE Conference

Conversing People

Can We Talk? The University’s Role in Transforming Public Discourse

In a time when misinformation, disinformation, and “fake news” run rampant, how can institutions of higher education respond to the need for accurate information and civil discourse? What ethical obligations do universities and their faculties have to the common good related to accurate and honest information? What is the University’s role in transforming public discourse? The Society for Values in Higher Education (becoming the Society for the Future of Higher Education in late July) tackles these questions at its annual meeting.

July 13-16, 2021

Conference Agenda
(subject to change)

Seminar (aka Morning Group) Information

The conference is open to the public
Registration is $50.oo
(contact the office for financial assistance)

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Chats with Change Agents

These 90 minute conversations will allow an opportunity for a moderated conversation with innovators and thinkers about higher education.

Erica Stone
Tuesday, July 13, 1:00 – 2:30 ET

Assistant Professor of English/Associate Director of General Education English @ Middle Tennessee State University
Given that the public funds so much of university research, shouldn’t that research be more accessible to the public? That is a question at the heart of Dr.Erica Stone’s advocacy within higher education and in the public arena. She advocates for “inclusive, democratic research” that breaks down barriers between higher education and the general public. Breaking down such barriers may even be critical to fulfilling higher education’s role in public discourse. Join us to discuss these issues with Dr. Stone. Learn more about Erica.

Cailin O’Connor and James Weatherall
Wednesday, July 14, 1:00 – 2:30PM ET


Cailin O’Connor is an Associate Professor of Logic and Philosophy at University of California Irvine.


James Weatherall is a Professor of Logic and Philosophy at University of California Irvine.

Join us for a conversation with Cailin O’Connor and James Owen Weatherall as we discuss their book,The Misinformation Age: How False Beliefs Spread. Their work examines the many factors that contribute to consensus and dissensus—particularly in regard to science and public policy. It also has great implications for thinking about the role of the university in an era marked by rampant misinformation and disinformation. Learn more about Cailin and James.