Student-selected Speaker at Wesleyan University

Brian was one of five¬†faculty members campus-wide to be selected by students to address the student body of Wesleyan University on a “big think” issue, an opportunity to speak to a large audience on a politically relevant topic. ¬†The speech encouraged Wesleyan students to think broadly and across traditional disciplines, focusing on the importance and meaning of tolerance and how the lack of it creates both explicit and implicit inequalities on college campuses. “Tolerating Tolerance” addressed the importance of engaging with people with whom we disagree; fostering respect for difference; and avoiding selection bias and motivated reasoning in information processing and attitude formation. It also served as a call-to-arms for Wesleyan students to be mindful of the assumptions and stereotypes that exist on campus and how they can be alleviated.