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Today, less than 13 percent of professors identify as conservative, while 60 percent identify as liberal or far left. Colleges and universities make every effort to increase the representation of racial, ethnic, and sexual minorities, but there’s another kind of diversity that we often forget: viewpoint diversity. In this persuasive talk, professor Josh Dunn explains why having people on campus with different perspectives is more important than ever.
Josh Dunn is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for the Study of Government and the Individual at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. His books include Complex Justice: The Case of Missouri v. Jenkins, From Schoolhouse to Courthouse: The Judiciary's Role in American Education, and Passing on the Right: Conservative Professors in the Progressive University. Josh and his wife are a taxi service for their children’s baseball games. He is a lifelong Cubs fan: winning the World Series removed decades of emotional scar tissue.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx