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Why We Need Intellectual Humility in the 21st Century

The IOP@FSU held a public talk with Lonna Rae Atkeson on intellectual humility. With a fragmented media world and a polarized America, we need intellectual humility more than ever. Intellectual humility has to do with understanding the limits of one’s knowledge. It’s a state of openness to new ideas, and a willingness to be receptive to new sources of evidence or evidence at all. In this talk, Lonna Rae Atkeson focused on political polarization and looked at how we are a divided nation politically and how that is affecting our perceptions and understanding of each other. She considers the value of teaching intellectual humility as a solution to our problem.

Lonna Rae Atkeson is a Professor and Regents Lecturer in Political Science at the University of New Mexico where she also is the Director for the Center for the Study of Voting, Elections, and Democracy and the Institute for Social Research. She is also a member of the MIT Data and Election Science Board (MEDSL) and the American National Election Studies (ANES) Board of Overseers. Her research focuses on election science, election administration, survey methodology, public policy, voting rights, public opinion, and political behavior. She has authored or edited multiple books, referred articles and book chapters, numerous policy reports, and several amicus curiae briefs. She has been a consultant to various private companies, government agencies, and other organizations and has served as an expert witness or consultant on several legal cases. Currently, she is an Associate Editor for Political Analysis and is the political analyst for KOB-TV. She received her BA from the University of California, Riverside, and her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Event Details

February 18, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm