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Factions, Fears, and Fake News at Columbia University

Politics of the Present

dateNovember 10, 2017 timeFriday, 9:30am–5:15pm EST location The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia University
  • Trinity Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Research Institute
  • Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policty
  • Public Books
  • The Brown Institute
  • Free and open to the public
  • No registration necessary
  • First come, first seated

Panels will convene on two campuses in Dublin and New York City to discuss the current political climate. The first portion of the event (Nov. 6-7) will take place at Trinity, College Dublin and the second portion (Nov. 9-10) will be at Columbia. For other events in this series see:

November 6-7. Trinity College Dublin

November 9th, Barnard Hall, James Room

November 10, Heyman Center, Common Room

9:30 am: Welcome

9:45- 12:00

"Challenges of Digital Media"

Joan Donovan, “You are the Media"

Peter Koechley, “When fake is truer, when newness is less important, and other tangents”

Andie Tucher, "Not Exactly Lying": 300 Years of Fake News in America"

Cathy O’Neil, and Matthew L. Jones

Moderated by Darryl Jones

1:30-3:15 pm

“Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Democratic Futures”

Maria Abascal, “Anxiety and Backlash to the Changing Face of America (And What We Can Do About It)"

Andreas Wimmer, “Ethnic Diversity, Nationalism, and Democracy"

Bruce Western, "Race and Citizenship in the Era of Mass Incarceration"

Moderated by Jürgen Barkhoff

3:30-5:15 pm

"Religion, Capitalism, and the Rural White Working Class"

Jarod Roll, “Make Believe: White Workers and the Elusive Promise of Capitalism"

Molly Worthen,“Theologies of Evangelical Trumpism"

Whitney Dow, "The Whiteness Project"

Special thanks to Mark Hansen, Shamus Khan, Manan Ahmed, Bernard Harcourt, and Matthew Jones.

  • Moderator Darryl Jones Professor, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Trinity College Dublin
  • Speaker Maria Abascal Assistant Professor of Sociology Columbia University
  • Speaker Andreas Wimmer Lieber Professor of Sociology and Political Philosophy Columbia University
  • Speaker Bruce Western Professor of Sociology Harvard University
  • Moderator Jürgen Barkhoff Professor of German Trinity College Dublin
  • Speaker Molly Worthen Assistant Professor of History University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Speaker Jarod Roll Visiting Associate Professor of History Columbia University
  • Speaker Whitney Dow Documentary Filmmaker
  • Speaker Joan Donovan Media Manipulation Research Lead Data & Society
  • Speaker Peter Koechley Founder Upworthy
  • Speaker Andie Tucher Professor of Journalism and Director of the Communications Ph.D. Program Columbia University
  • Speaker Matthew L. Jones James R. Barker Professor of Contemporary Civilization Columbia University
  • Speaker Cathy O'Neil Mathematician