Public Impact Symposia

Fall 2013 IMPACT Symposium

With the support of the Embrey Family Foundation 

2013 Fall IMPACT Reception and Symposium

“The Art of Compromise”

Day One: Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Impact Symposium Reception and Keynote Address

“Compromise or Appeasement? Proslavery Political Triumphs, 1787 to 1861."
featuring Paul Finkelman,
President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law, Albany Law School

To listen to the audio recording of the lecture, click here.

Day Two: Wednesday, October 23, 2013

IMPACT Symposium Panel “The Art of Compromise”

Krys Boyd, Host of Think for KERA Radio


Calvin C. Jillson, Department of Political Science, Dedman College
Edward F. Countryman, William P. Clements Department of History, Dedman College
Chris R. Logan, Department of Psychology, Dedman College
Daniel Rainey, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development

To listen to the audio recording of the panel discussion, click here.

IMPACT - “Interdisciplinary Meetings to Address Pressing Current Themes”

A program of the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute, IMPACT symposia focus on thematic discussions or provocative topics that promote rethinking in unusual ways or in an outside the box format. They bring individuals from a broad range of disciplines into conversations with one another.

Philosopher and statesman Edmund Burke once observed that “All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter.” Compromise permeates current political discussion.  Some see it as a positive and a strength; others as a negative and a weakness.

Certainly compromise is deeply rooted in US history. The Constitution emerged from compromises on a number of critical issues, including that between the Virginia Plan and the New Jersey plan that resulted in a House based on population and a Senate based on equal representation. The Compromise of 1877, sometimes referred to as the “Great Betrayal”, ended reconstruction in the South.  Compromise characterizes our history and our politics but it is also a dimension of social relationships and a principle of negotiation and mediation.  It is fundamental to the creative process for artists, engineers, and scientists. 

This symposium will explore the multiple dimensions of compromise, its applications in diverse situations and its relationship to issues of trust, power, and conflict. Why is compromise an art? And have we lost that art?