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Coming up on Connections: Thursday, November 15

Vanderbilt University

First hour: What are the impacts and remedies for polarization?

Second hour: Discussing women's empowerment across the globe

The terms “bubbles,” “silos,” and “echo chambers” are common in our current political dialogue, and they all relate to the broader concept of polarization. Vanderbilt University philosophy professor Robert Talisse says while polarization is commonly acknowledged as detrimental to democracy, its impact stretches beyond partisan politics. This hour, we sit down with Talisse to discuss democracy, belief systems, and what he says is a surprising remedy for political polarization. Talisse is in town as a guest of RIT, but first, he’s our guest on Connections. In studio:

  • Robert Talisse, W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University
  • Lawrence Torcello, associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at RIT

Then in our second hour, the Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence and the University of Rochester are hosting several speakers as part of Rochester’s inaugural International Education Week. They join us in our studio to discuss a range of issues, including barriers to education and healthcare; factors that affect women’s empowerment across the globe; and how to create more equity in leadership. Our guests:

  • Doris Gray, Ph.D., director of the Hillary Clinton Center for Women’s Empowerment at Al Akhawayn University
  • Dr. Monica Sharma, M.D., Ph.D., author of “Radical Transformational Leadership”
  • Jane Gatewood, vice provost for global engagement at the University of Rochester
  • Beatriz Gil Gonzalez, student body president at the University of Rochester
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.