One Nation Undecided: Clear Thinking about Five Hard Issues that Divide Us

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 • 4:00pm–6:00am Add to Calendar


GSPP 250


With so much media spin, political polarization, and mistrust of institutions, it's hard to know how to think about tough challenges, much less what to do about them.  In his latest book, One Nation Undecided, Professor Peter Schuck tackles some of the most difficult issues facing America: poverty, immigration, affirmative action, campaign finance, and religious objections to gay marriage and transgender rights. He will discuss with Dean Brady his approach to defining and discussing thorny and complex issues in a balanced and rigorous manner: evaluating context; identifying key concepts and values; reviewing relevant empirical evidence; describing and assessing current programs that seek to address the issue; and how to consider and decide which of many plausible solutions a policy maker should pursue.

About the Speakers

​Professor Peter Schuck is the Simeon E. Baldwin Professor Emeritus of Law and Professor (Adjunct) of Law at Yale Law School where he has held the chair since 1984. He has also served as Deputy Dean. His major fields of teaching and research are tort law; immigration, citizenship, and refugee law; groups, diversity, and law; and administrative law. 

Dean Henry E. Brady is the Dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy and Class of 1941 Monroe Deutsch Professor of Political Science and Public Policy. His recent work has been on social inclusion, political participation and economic stratification and change. His writings address electoral politics, social welfare and higher education policy, political polling and statistical methodology.