The Language of American Politics in 2017

Come to an informal exchange of ideas with French and international students and teachers about the current language of politics in the US.  We’ll look at the hidden agenda behind some of today's political language, like “clean coal”, “relieving the tax burden” or “fighting just wars”. The book Don’t Think of an Elephant!, by George Lakoff, Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at UC Berkeley, is the point of departure for this conversation.  Lakoff argues that the Age of Enlightenment is over.  Cognitive science has disproven Descartes’ theory (“I think therefore I am”) because 98 percent of thought is unconscious and not fact-based.  How then, with what language, should we frame political arguments in the 21st century?


June 21, 2017 at 6pm - 8pm
Université Lumière Lyon 2; Berges du Rhône Campus
Quai Claude Bernard
Bâtiment Bélénos, Room BER02
Lyon 69007
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Diane Sklar ·
Brenda Bogaert Erin Monaghan Houggana Robin Guinot Claudia Quiros Joan Smith Diane Sklar

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