Discussion (1L): The State of Democratic Discourse (241J): This group will be devoted to candid discussion about the current state of public discourse both nationally and in universities, focusing especially on misinformation and intimidation. We will use Jonathan Rauch's new book, The Constitution of Knowledge: A Defense of Truth ((Brookings 2021) as a springboard for discussion. The great strength of this book is that it addresses threats to democratic discourse from all sides of the political spectrum. We will talk about the role of social media, traditional media, politicians (including former President Trump), as well as law schools, students, and faculty. Elements used in grading: Full attendance, reading of assigned materials, and active participation. The seminar will meet four times during the Fall quarter. The class will meet 6:30-9:00pm, September 20, October 18, November 1, November 15.
2021-2022 AutumnSchedule No Longer Available