Drawing from its namesake, the Roman god with two faces, the Janus Forum Lecture Series provides two established researchers with alternative perspectives the opportunity to present their research in direct dialogue with one another.
While classroom experiences often provide students with a relatively singular narrative trajectory, the Janus Forum is designed to provide an opportunity to engage contrasting perspectives simultaneously.
When choosing speakers and topics, we create pairings of two intellectual leaders who see the world in substantially different ways. We create a space in which students can consider these divergent viewpoints and perhaps develop new viewpoints of their own.
Janus events emphasize the importance of student interaction with the speakers. Hence, at Janus events equal time is always given to presentations by the speakers and a Q&A with the audience.