February 24, 2020
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UNE announces new President’s Forum with inaugural event: “Making Sense of Jordan Peterson”

Community Author: Jennie Aranovitch
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Jennie Aranovitch | BDN
Jennie Aranovitch | BDN

BIDDEFORD — The president of the University of New England, James Herbert, Ph.D., is pleased to announce the launch of the President’s Forum, a new event series promoting open and robust discourse on timely and controversial topics. As the inaugural event of this forum, UNE is presenting “Making Sense of Jordan Peterson,” an evening of lively debate and discussion featuring three UNE professors. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held on March 19 at 6 p.m. on the second floor of Ripich Commons, located on the university’s Biddeford Campus. It will conclude with a reception.

Anouar Majid, Ph.D., vice president for Global Affairs, director of the Center for Global Humanities and professor of English, and David Livingstone Smith, Ph.D., professor of philosophy in the Department of History and Philosophy, will examine the views and beliefs of Canadian psychologist and professor Jordon Peterson, whose recent book 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, is a worldwide best-seller. A successful internet sensation, Peterson hosts a YouTube channel and videos that have been viewed more than 30 million times. Whereas some find his worldview to be regressive, others praise it as liberating. The debate will be moderated by UNE associate professor of sociology Alex Campbell, Ph.D.

Herbert, who will introduce the debate, is looking forward to the evening as the first of many President’s Forum events, which will feature panel discussions, debates or other highly interactive presentations on controversial issues. “We want to promote the presentation of diverse perspectives in a fair and balanced manner by allowing for vigorous dialogue on timely topics,” he said, adding that “such events underscore the academy’s unique role as the ultimate marketplace of ideas.”

“The goal is not to privilege any particular ideology but, rather, to promote habits of mind and argumentation that enlighten students and the public and that promote a deeper understanding of critical issues facing our society,” he stated.

For more information about the event, visit www.une.edu/calendar/2018/making-sense-jordan-peterson. To learn more about the President’s Forum at UNE, visit www.une.edu/president/forum.

The University of New England is Maine’s largest private university, featuring two distinctive campuses in Maine, a vibrant campus in Tangier, Morocco, and an array of innovative offerings online. Our hands-on, experiential approach empowers students to join the next generation of leaders in their chosen fields. We are home to Maine’s only medical and dental colleges, a variety of other interprofessionally aligned health care programs, and nationally recognized degree paths in the marine sciences, the natural and social sciences, business, the humanities and the arts.