Politics of the Present

Factions, Fears, and Fake News

Friday, November 10, 2017  10:00am - 5:15pm The Heyman Center, Common Room

Various 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 10, Heyman Center, Common Room

10:00 am: Welcome 

10:15-12:00 pm

Panel discussion on epistemological challenges posed by the algorithmic logic of digital media

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)"

Jennifer Lee, “The Changing Face of U.S. Immigration: Asian Americans, Diversity, and Group Boundaries”

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

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

Moderated by Juergen 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 Whitness Project"

Special thanks to Mark Hansen, Shamus Khan, and Manan Ahmed on behalf of the Heyman Center Fellows 2016-2017.


  • 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

    Jennifer Lee

    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

    Juergen 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


By Semester