WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11
THURSDAYS, OCTOBER 19 & 26
6:30PM | FOX TUCSON THEATRE
In our current “post-truth” era of alternative facts and fake news, how do we maintain trust in each other, in our elections, in our journalists and media outlets, and in our governments and world leaders? How do we reclaim truth and rebuild trust? What will the future hold if we can’t? This fall, join the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences for a series of discussions with national experts who will explore the current state of American truth, trust, and global relations.
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A Conversation with the Executive Director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse, Carolyn Lukensmeyer
As identity politics, partisan incivility, media, and special interests reshape both the country and the vote, this discussion considers the pivotal role of trustworthiness in maintaining a democratic society and whether elections as we know them have a future.
Moderator: Christopher Conover is a reporter and producer with Arizona Public Media who covers politics, the military, and the environment. Conover has more than 17 years of experience in broadcast news and has won numerous journalism awards, including a national Edward R. Murrow Award and an Emmy nomination.
Kate Kenski is an associate professor in the UA Department of Communication, specializing in political communication and public opinion. Before joining the UA, she was a senior analyst at the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania and a member of the National Annenberg Election Survey team in 2000 and 2004. Kenski is the co-author of The Obama Victory: How Media, Money, and Message Shaped the 2008 Election, and her research has been published widely in journals, including the American Behavioral Scientist, the International Journal of Public Opinion Research, the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Public Opinion Quarterly, and Women & Politics.
Samara Klar is an assistant professor of political science in the UA School of Government and Public Policy, where she studies how individuals’ personal identities and social surroundings influence their political attitudes and behaviors. Klar’s book, Independent Politics: How American Disdain for Parties Leads to Political Inaction, received awards from the American Political Science Association. In 2016, she founded WomenAlsoKnowStuff, a website that promotes women and their scholarship in political science. Klar has published her research in over a dozen journals and has been supported by funding from the National Science Foundation.
Carolyn Lukensmeyer is the executive director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse, an organization housed in the UA School of Government and Public Policy that works to reduce political dysfunction and incivility in our political system. As a leader in the field of deliberative democracy, she works to restore our democracy to reflect the intended vision of our founding fathers. Lukensmeyer has previously served as founder and president of AmericaSpeaks, as a consultant to the White House chief of staff (1993-1994), and as the first female chief of staff to Ohio Governor Richard Celeste (1986-1991).
An Interview with the Executive Editor of The New York Times, Dean Baquet
In an age where the facts are up for grabs, The New York Times not only reports the news, but also frequently appears in the headlines for challenging government obfuscation and dishonesty. Join us for a one-on-one conversation with Executive Editor Dean Baquet on redefining journalism and safeguarding its integrity in these unprecedented times.
Nancy Sharkey is a professor of practice and associate director of the UA School of Journalism, where she currently teaches courses on editing and reporting the news and public affairs. She worked for more than 25 years in various editorial positions at The New York Times, including as senior editor. Sharkey also taught for more than 20 years as an adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Dean Baquet is the executive editor of The New York Times, a position he assumed in 2014. He has more than 30 years of experience in reporting the news for papers across the country, including serving as the Washington bureau chief for The New York Times and the editor of the Los Angeles Times, and reporting for The Chicago Tribune and The Times Picayune in New Orleans. Baquet received the prestigious Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for his documentation of corruption in the Chicago City Council, and was a finalist for a second Pulitzer Prize in 1994 for his innovative investigative reporting.
A Conversation with the former State Department Head of Counterterrorism, Ambassador Daniel Benjamin
While news coverage of conflict is plentiful, it often does not divulge the inside stories behind the rise in authoritarian rule, terrorism, and civil war that shape much of our world today. This conversation with counterterrorism expert Ambassador Daniel Benjamin reveals what the news won’t about international politics, diplomacy, and the future of global conflict in its many guises.
Moderator: Albert Bergesen is the director of the UA School of Sociology. His research interests include the sociology of culture, world-systems analysis, and transnational sociology. Bergesen’s most recent work focuses on terrorism and collective violence, and he wrote the entry on "Terrorism" in The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Globalization.
Faten Ghosn is an associate professor of political science in the UA School of Government and Public Policy. Her research and teaching focuses on how adversaries interact and use strategy to manage conflict. Ghosn’s research has appeared in Conflict Management and Peace Science, International Negotiation, International Studies Quarterly, and the Middle East Journal.
Alex Braithwaite is an associate professor of international relations in the UA School of Government and Public Policy. His research addresses the causes and shifting geographical borders of violent and nonviolent political conflict, including terrorism, protests, riots, and wars. Braithwaite has published broadly and his research has been supported by grants from the Department of Defense, the Economic and Social Science Research Council (ESRC UK), Apple Inc., and others.
Ambassador Daniel Benjamin is the former head of the Counterterrorism Bureau at the U.S. Department of State, where he was the longest-serving coordinator for counterterrorism in the United States and the principal advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He is now an in-demand expert on 21st century terror threats and has appeared on 60 Minutes, Frontline, PBS NewsHour, All Things Considered, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and The Oprah Winfrey Show, offering an inside look into the most impactful trends, threats, and risks out there today (many of which you do not even know exist).