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Trumpism and the University

Friday, February 10, 2017, 9:00am-3:00pm

Swift Hall Common Room

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

Download the program.

This event is free and open to the public.

8:30am — Breakfast

9:00am — Introduction and Welcome
Shannon Dawdy

9:15am — Panel #1: Freedom of Expression
Panelists: Genevieve Lakier, Alexander Shams, William Mazzarella
Moderators: Lauren Sutherland, Zach Hebert

9:45am — Discussion

10:30am — Coffee Break

10:45am — Panel #2: Political Emotion
Panelists: LaShaya Howie, Menna Khalil, Kathleen Belew
Moderators: Sonia Grant, Estefania Vidal Montero

11:15am — Discussion

12:00pm — Lunch Break

1:00pm — Panel #3: Campus Activism
Panelists: Tyler Kissinger, Kaushik Sunder Rajan, Kenneth Warren
Moderators: Kelly Mulvaney, Hannah Burnett

1:30pm — Discussion

2:15pm — Coffee Break

2:30pm — Summation and Wrap Up Discussion
Damien Bright, Ray Noll, Kai Parker