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In current debates about Brexit, right wing populism, the crisis of democracy and the future of Europe Switzerland does not feature much, although it provides an intriguing case from a variety of angles. It is praised for its direct democracy and hailed as a model for Europe, yet it also receives sustained criticism as an opportunistic and self-serving tax haven for dictators and drug barons. It has one of the biggest and loudest right-wing populist parties in Europe, yet it integrates it fairly successfully into its system of consensus politics. One of its intriguing, yet under-discussed contradictions is that while it is arguably among the most untraumatized countries in history, it very effectively mobilizes the rhetoric of cultural trauma for its isolationist and xenophobic policies and for its wider identity narratives.  

"Religion, Capitalism, and the Rural White Working Class" with Jarod Roll, “Make Believe: White Workers and the Elusive Promise of Capitalism, " Molly Worthen,“Theologies of Evangelical Trumpism" and Whitney Dow, "The Whiteness Project"

"Religion, Capitalism, and the Rural White Working Class" with Jarod Roll, “Make Believe: White Workers and the Elusive Promise of Capitalism," Molly Worthen,“Theologies of Evangelical Trumpism," and Whitney Dow, "The Whiteness Project"

Highlights of “Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Democratic Futures” with 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" and moderated by Jürgen Barkhoff

“Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Democratic Futures” with 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" and moderated by Jürgen Barkhoff.

Panel 1: "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

MICHAEL SCHUDSON will present a brief history of the development of journalism as a profession and the role of professional news-gathering in preventing America from entering a post-truth age. LEONARD DOWNIE and BILL KELLER, the former executive editors of the Washington Post and the New York Times, will provide commentary and perspective. Featuring: Michael Schudson, Professor of Journalism, Columbia University. Leonard Downie, Jr., Weil Family Professor of Journalism, Arizona State University; Former Executive Editor, Washington Post Bill Keller, Editor-in-Chief, The Marshall Project; Former Executive Editor, New York Times. Moderated by Thomas DiPrete, Giddings Professor of Sociology.

MICHAEL SCHUDSON will present a brief history of the development of journalism as a profession and the role of professional news-gathering in preventing America from entering a post-truth age. LEONARD DOWNIE and BILL KELLER, the former executive editors of the Washington Post and the New York Times, will provide commentary and perspective. Featuring: Michael Schudson, Professor of Journalism, Columbia University. Leonard Downie, Jr., Weil Family Professor of Journalism, Arizona State University; Former Executive Editor, Washington Post Bill Keller, Editor-in-Chief, The Marshall Project; Former Executive Editor, New York Times. Moderated by Thomas DiPrete, Giddings Professor of Sociology.