3CT Forum: Trumpism and the University

3CT Event

February 10 2017

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.  With ample time for dialogue, panels are organized around the following themes:

  • Political Emotion
  • Freedom of Expression
  • Campus Activism

(Printable Schedule Here)



9:00-9:15:  Introduction and Welcome / Shannon Dawdy

9:15-9:45:  Panel 1: Freedom of Expression

with / Genevieve Lakier, Alexander Shams, and William Mazzarella

moderated by / Lauren Sutherland and Zach Hebert

9:45-10:30:  Discussion

10:30-10:45:  Coffee Break

10:45-11:15:  Panel 2: Political Emotion

 with / LaShaya Howie, Menna Khalil, and Kathleen Belew

moderated by / Sonia Grant and Estefania Vidal Montero

11:15-12:00:  Discussion

12:00-1:00:  Lunch Break

1:00-1:30:  Panel 3: Campus Activism

 with / Tyler Kissinger, Kaushik Sunder Rajan, and Kenneth Warren

Moderated by / Kelly Mulvaney and Hannah Burnett

1:30-2:15:  Discussion

2:15-2:30:  Coffee Break

2:30-3:00:  Summation and Wrap Up Discussion

with / Damien Bright, Ray Noll, and Kai Parker


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