UNF’s Dean Tumeo to speak at TEDxJacksonville

Dr. Mark A. Tumeo, dean of the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction and a professor of civil engineering at the University of North Florida, is going to speak at TEDxJacksonville: Fear Less Saturday, Oct. 22. Dr. Tumeo will discuss “The Politics of Fear.”

Fear has been one of the strongest motivators in political discourse for almost the entire history of mankind and government.

One of the most important aspects of fear as a political motivator is that it is not spoken about in terms of why the fear exists. Rather, political opponents either exaggerate or discount the causes of the fear driving the discussion, which only serves to increase the anger generated by fear.

In such an environment, governance becomes difficult if not impossible, and the stage is set for violence, upheaval and revolution.

Through his TEDxJacksonville talk, Dr. Tumeo said he hopes to start a civil discourse about the fears our society faces, explore how that fear is being used to direct political consequences and discuss how we might move beyond the politics of fear in the development of sound public policies.

Join Dr. Tumeo and learn more about the politics of fear and a little more about one of UNF’s academic leaders.


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