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Janus Forum Student Society

Kevin Ralph, President
Jay Morgan, Social Media Director
Sharon Burk and Lucas Wright, Outreach Team
Jody Arembad, Tyler Jacobs, Dan Lewis, Jeff Raines, Bradley Russian, Brandon Thaler, and Emma Zaballos, General Members

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Janus Forum

PTI sponsors a series of student-run debates through its Janus Forum Student Society. Janus, the god who looked two ways, is the symbol for this debate society. The Janus Forum invites to campus prominent intellectuals with distinctly different points of view to debate a topic. Other debates will be led by AU faculty or AU students. Every student club on campus that deals with moral and political questions may have a member on the Janus Forum Student Society Board.

2015 Debates

"The Future of Inequality"
Larry Bartels v. Tyler Cowen

Wednesday, March 25th
8:00-10:00 pm, Butler Boardroom

Larry Bartels, Vanderbilt

Larry Baretls, Vanderbilt

Larry Bartels holds the May Werthan Shayne Chair of Public Policy and Social Science at Vanderbilt University. His scholarly work focuses broadly on American democracy, including public opinion, electoral politics, public policy, and political representation.  He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and the National Academy of Sciences. His 2008 book, Unequal Democracy, appeared on a New York Times list of "economics books of the year" and won the Gladys M. Kammerer Award for the year's best book on U.S. national policy. He is also the author of Presidential Primaries and the Dynamics of Public Choice which won the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for the year's best book on government, politics, or international affairs as well as co-editor of Mass Politics in Tough Times (2014, with Nancy Bermeo) and Campaign Reform (2000, with Lynn Vavreck). His upcoming book (with Christopher Achen) is entitled Democracy for Realists. Bartels has served as vice president of the American Political Science Association, president of its Political Methodology section, and chair of the Board of Overseers of the American National Election Studies. He is a trustee of the Russell Sage Foundation and an occasional contributor to The Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog.

Tyler Cowen, George Mason

Tyler Cowen, George Mason

Tyler Cowen is Holbert L. Harris Professor of Economics at George Mason University and also Director of the Mercatus Center. He received his PhD in economics from Harvard University in 1987. His book The Great Stagnation: How American Ate the Low-Hanging Fruit of Modern History, Got Sick, and Will (Eventually) Feel Better (2011) was a New York Times best-seller. He was recently named in an Economist poll as one of the most influential economists of the last decade and last year Bloomberg BusinessWeek dubbed him "America's Hottest Economist." Foreign Policy magazine named him as one of its "Top 100 Global Thinkers" of 2011. His latest book Average Is Over: Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation (2013) focused on the implications of growing inequality. He also co-writes a highly-regarded economics blog at www.marginalrevolution.com, and he has recently initiated an online economics education project, MRUniversity.com

Review Our 2013-2014 Janus Forum Debates

Gender Roles: Nature or Nurture?

Camile Paglia v. Jane Flax

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Economic Inequality: Causes and Consequences

Charles Murray v. Timothy Noah

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The NSA and Privacy

General Michael Hayden v. Barton Gellman

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The Role of Art in Liberal Democracies

Roger Kimball v. Farhang Erfani

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Review Our 2012-2013 Janus Forum Debates

Is Gay Marriage Good for America?

Jonathan Rauch vs. Justin Raimondo

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How Should You Vote?

William Kristol vs. William Galston

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Are The Benefits of American Global Leadership Worth The Costs?

Christopher Preble vs. Jamie Fly

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