Our Compelling Interests

The Value of Diversity for Democracy and a Prosperous Society

At a time when society is swiftly being transformed, Our Compelling Interests: The Value of Diversity for Democracy and a Prosperous Society investigates how diversity and social connectedness are imperative to our shared success and a broader sense of prosperity.

Book contributors, along with other intellectuals and commentators, share their thoughts on diversity, change, and the future.


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As the inaugural volume in a multiyear series, Our Compelling Interests comes as we contemplate a changing societal landscape. The series promises to explore diversity—in racial, socioeconomic, gender, religious, regional, sexual, and other forms—through accessible, sophisticated, and balanced treatments by leading scholars, writers, intellectuals, and commentators. The goal is lively, informed analysis, not social or political bromides. We have commissioned studies of how diversity affects social organization and productivity, educational access and testing, crime and incarceration, art and creativity, education and social mobility, among other topics.

Hardcover | September 2016


336 pp. | ISBN: 9780691170480


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The hardcover and eBook editions are also available from Amazon.

The first volume sets the stage for what is to follow.  It invites all to value and leverage diversity for the betterment of our democracy.