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iNation: Democracy in the Era of Social Media & Fake News

An Interdisciplinary Symposium

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This Symposium includes lectures and panels featuring scholars from MSU Denver, the University of Denver, University of Colorado, Boulder. Keynote by Regina Rini, Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Moral and Social Cognition at York University, and the 2018 winner of the Marc Sanders Foundation Public Philosophy Award.   

Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Location: CAVEA, 890 Auraria Pkwy, Room 420

(This event is free and open to the public)



Symposium Schedule:





Opening Remarks



"It’s Us: The intractable nature of fake news in a networked and polarized political world."

Robert Preuhs, Professor of Political Science, MSU Denver


“Anti-Muslim Rhetoric and the Old/New Media: A Case Study”

Andrea L. Stanton, Associate Professor and Chair, Religious Studies, University of Denver

Chaired by Katia Campbell, Associate Professor, Communication Arts and Sciences, MSU Denver



“On a Civics of Responsibility: How Breaking Bread with One’s Political Adversaries Worsens the Online Bubble Problem”

Sarah Pessin, Professor of Philosophy, Director, Center for Judaic Studies, University of Denver

Respondent:  Adam Graves, Associate Professor, Philosophy, MSU Denver


“The Memes and Mechanics of Cybersphere” 

Steve Beaty, Professor, Computer Science, MSU Denver

Sarah Harman, Executive Director or University Effectiveness and the Center for Advanced Visualization and Experiential Analysis (CAVEA)

Respondent: Sean Morris, Assistant Professor, Philosophy, MSU Denver



“The Digital Polarization Initiative: Civic and Web Literacy in the Classroom”

Elizabeth L. Parmelee, Ph.D., Director of Undergraduate Studies, MSU Denver

Christopher Jennings, Ed.D, Professor, Department of Journalism and Technical Communication, MSU Denver

Chaired by Jeffrey Ogle, Visiting Professor, Philosophy, MSU Denver


1:20-2:00: Coffee/Lunch Break



Plenary Lecture: 

“Upping Your Election IQ:

How to Fight Misinformation, Disinformation and Lies”

Elizabeth A. Skewes, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Journalism, College of Media, Communication and Information, University of Colorado Boulder

Chaired by Samuel Jay, Assistant Professor of Rhetoric, Communication Arts & Sciences, MSU Denver


Keynote Lecture: 

“Everyone is Wrong on the Internet:

Disagreement and Error in Social Media Discourse”

Regina Rini, Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Moral & Social Cognition at York University, and the 2018 Winner of the Marc Sanders Foundation Public Philosophy Award


Lady Eve: Exploring Cavell on Film

Film Screening and Discussion

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Stanley Cavell (1926-2018) was one of the most celebrated American philosophers of the past century.  Outside of the academy, he was perhaps best know for his insightful interpretation of Hollywood classics, which had profound impact upon our understanding of the significance of film.  This screening of one of his favorite screwball comedies will be followed by a discussion with his four most accomplished students and friends. 



Nancy Bauer, Dean of Liberal Arts and Professor of Philosophy, Tufts University

Richard Eldridge, Professor of Philosophy, Swarthmore College

Garrett Stewart, Professor of English, University of Iowa

Michael Fischer, Provost and Professor of English, Trinity University

Date: Saturday, Febuary 23, 2019, @4:00pm

Location: SIE Film Center

(Free tickets are available for students- email for more. General admission available here)


Desire, Faith and Fidelity in Anna Karenina

Performance & Discussion

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Panel Discussion featuring Chris Coleman (Artistic Director of Denver Center Theatre Company), followed by a performance of Anna Karenina and talkback with Cast at the Denver Center for Performing Arts.

Date: Wednesday, February 26 @5:00pm (Tentative)

Location: Denver Center for Performing Arts

(Free tickets available to students- email General admission starting at $30 available here)


Peas and Carrots: The Rembrandt Room

Performance & Discussion


The “Peas and Carrots” series is light-hearted talk show-style event focusing on themes related to current Buntport productions, featuring music and interviews with D-phi scholars. 

The Rembrandt Room is a dark comedy featuring one woman standing next to one masterpiece for who knows how long. Buntport’s first ever one-person show, this play is a mash-up of historical fact, Greek myth, and Buntport fiction.

Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 @ 8:00pm

Location: Buntport Theater Company, 717 Lipan St, Denver, CO 80204

(Free tickets are available for students- email for more. General admission available here)