Progress? Is the world a better place today than it was fifty years ago? Will it be better yet in another fifty years? In this year’s series, we examine such questions by focusing on two pressing and controversial issues of the day. First, the question of whether (and which) reckonings with our racial history are necessary for progress. And second, whether (and which) limitations on speech—in the public arena, in higher education—would improve our democracy.

This year’s Point/Counterpoint series is organized by Lawrence Douglas (Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought), Alexander George (Philosophy), and Nishi Shah (Philosophy).

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Visit our YouTube page for videos of prevous events in the series examining our current crossroads, both nationally and globally, from the perspective of opinion writers, poets, activists, linguists and historians.

Point/Counterpoint Video Playlist


Past Events in this Series

Democracy and its Discontents: A Conversation with Melissa Murray

November 30, 2021

Melissa Murray is the Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law at NYU School of Law, where she teaches constitutional law, family law, criminal law, and reproductive rights and justice. Read more about the speaker.

W(h)ither Free Speech?: A Conversation with Geoffrey Stone

November 12, 2021

Geoffrey R. Stone is the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago, and is the author of many books on constitutional law. Read more about the speaker.

Reckoning with Our Racial Past: A Conversation with Kwame Anthony Appiah and Adolph Reed Jr.

October 28, 2021

The first event in the Point/Counterpoint Series, a talk between renowned ethicist and professor of philosophy and law, Kwame Anthony Appiah, and Adolph Reed Jr., Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. Read more about the speaker.