Politics of the Present

Factions, Fears, and Fake News at Columbia University

Friday, November 10, 2017  9:30am - 5:15pm The Heyman Center, Common Room

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



  • 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

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    Cathy O’Neil



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