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Virtual Reading Group - April 23, 2019
Confident Pluralism

A series of discussions about civility and public discourse

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Event Topic

In Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving through Deep DifferenceProfessor John Inazu (Washington University in St. Louis) analyzes the increasing divide among us and how we can survive these turbulent times.

During four online discussion sessions, you will learn more about the current state of the country and the ways that we can live together peacefully despite our differences. You will discuss the readings and video with others, diving deep into the content. 

Learn more about the Virtual Reading Groups format.


Attendees will be asked to read and/or watch selected books and videos. The following are the materials for this Virtual Reading Group event:

Book: Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving through Deep Difference

Video: Having Your Views Challenged is a Good Thing



Each session will cover approximately 40 pages of the book to allow the group to work together on important concepts. An expert facilitator will guide the session to ensure civility and opportunities for everyone to participate.

Goals and Expected Takeaways

The Virtual Reading Groups format allows you to dive deep into selected readings so that you can explore the big ideas and real-world applications within. Some of the questions you may encounter during this discussion series may include:

  • How did we get here – to this loss of unity and civility?

  • What are some practical ways that we can feel less alienated by others’ beliefs?

  • How can we live together in an increasingly diverse society?

  • Can the legal system better protect people’s differences?

Series Schedule

Sessions for our Confident Pluralism Virtual Reading Group will take place on Tuesday evenings at 7:00PM Eastern time in April and May.

  • Session I - Tuesday, April 23, 7:00 - 8:15PM

  • Session II - Tuesday, April 30, 7:00 - 8:15PM

  • Session III - Tuesday, May 7, 7:00 - 8:15PM

  • Session IV - Tuesday, May 14, 7:00 - 8:15PM

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About Your Facilitator

Jennifer K. Thompson is the executive director of the Center for the Study of Liberty. She began her career teaching philosophy, and later joined Liberty Fund, Inc., a private operating foundation in Indianapolis, Indiana.

At Liberty Fund, Dr. Thompson served as a fellow and, later, as the founding director and vice president of Co-Sponsored Programs. In 2011, she became senior director of programs at the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University.

She holds a PhD and MA in philosophy from Vanderbilt University and undergraduate degrees in philosophy (BA) and economics (BS) from the University of Tulsa. She is a graduate of the Atlas Network's Leadership Academy and Sewanee's Education for Ministry program.

This project was made possible through the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Atlas Network or the John Templeton Foundation.