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Constitution Day scholarship winners discuss tolerance

Hofstra University celebrated Constitution Day with a dialogue discussion focused on the meaning of tolerance. The event featured a panel of three student essay winners who had responded to the question, "What does tolerance mean to you?" and two experts, William Eskridge and Robin Wilson, who discussed the conflict between tolerance and the law in today's polarized America.


The event began with an introduction from Hofstra University President Susan Poser, highlighting the history and significance of Constitution Day, which commemorates the adoption of the Constitution in 1787 and the citizenship of individuals in the United States.

Eskridge and Wilson presented case studies that demonstrated the tension between tolerance and the law in contemporary America. The discussion was moderated by Vice Dean Julian Ku.


Following the panel discussion, the scholarship winners shared their essays and personal experiences related to tolerance. Their essays reflected diverse perspectives on tolerance, from seeking knowledge outside one's worldview to dealing with religious discrimination and striving for unity.


During the question-and-answer session, the audience engaged in conversations about the importance of tolerance in society and how to engage with individuals who hold opposing beliefs. Patience and understanding were highlighted as crucial components of tolerance.

The event emphasized the importance of fostering dialogue and understanding among people with differing views, particularly in a university setting. It underscored the significance of Constitution Day and the principles of tolerance enshrined in the Constitution.

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