Liberal Arts lecture series features political science talk Jan. 26

Lauren Hall explores connection between family and political rhetoric




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Lauren Hall

As the nation is immersed in political rhetoric resulting from Republican primaries and an impending presidential election, RIT’s College of Liberal Arts Reception and Lecture Series provides a forum for re-connecting America’s families with political discourse.

Lauren Hall, assistant professor of political science, presents “The Publicly Private: The Family as the Foundation for Political Moderation,” 4-6 p.m. Jan. 26 in the Campus Center Reading Room. A brief welcome reception precedes Hall’s talk. A question-and-answer session follows.

Hall’s lecture is an adaptation of a book-length manuscript that traces the connection between the family and political moderation though individualistic, collectivist and moderate thinkers.

“The family serves a necessary and foundational role in political discourse because it provides a buffer between the claims of the individual and the community,” Hall explains. “This buffer serves to moderate political discourse by preserving the claims of individual rights alongside the duties we owe our communities. The family thus opposes political extremism from both sides of the political spectrum.”

The lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served; RSVP to Marsha Johnson at 585-475-2076 or mmjsrs@rit.edu.

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Lauren Hall