The Cornell Program on Ethics and Public Life is hosting a semester-long series with visiting scholars, "After the American Century: Fears and Hopes for America's Future," that addresses widely prevalent worries that the new normal condition of the United States stifles important aspirations that were viable in the past.

The first lecture of the series, focusing on the causes, nature and future of polarization in American politics, is provided by Thomas Mann, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.