Co-sponsored Forum: Trumpism and the University in Global Perspective

  • Franke Institute 1100 East 57th Street Chicago, IL, 60637 United States

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This one-day participatory event co-organized by faculty fellows at 3CT and University of Chicago students provides an opportunity to think through the phenomenon of Trumpism, reactions to it, and its reverberations upon the institution of the university. 

Minimally, Trumpism refers to the U.S. variant of a worldwide resurgence of overt ideologies of exclusion and political suppression. Conversations will focus not on the political election itself so much as the conditions (emotional, cultural, legal, economic) flowing beneath and beyond it. Worldwide, ‘the university’ as an institution is itself is under attack by a convergence of right-wing ideologies and corporatization. Movement in this direction was underway well before the 2016 election (indeed, many efforts have been led by forces within the university itself). In what ways are campus debates about safe spaces, academic freedom, and the re-valuation of research and education an echo chamber of larger political dynamics? How does the U.S. situation compare globally? Historically, universities have provided important spaces for the emergence of new political movements. What are the anxieties, constraints, and possibilities for political action in the contemporary moment?  

Panels include a mix of faculty and students from across the divisions at the University of Chicago. Students will moderate the panels and provide a wrap-session.  

Panels, with ample time for dialogue are organized around the following themes:

Political Emotion

Freedom of Expression

Campus Activism

Participants include: 

Lauren Berlant
Shannon Lee Dawdy
LaShaya Howie
Tae Yeon Kim
Genevieve Lakier
William Mazzarella
Alex Shams
Kaushik Sunder Rajan
Kenneth Warren


This event is free and open to the public.  If you need assistance to attend, please contact