Heading: Civil Discourse Symposium

Led by the current Padnos/Sarosik Endowed Professor of Civil Discourse, the symposium offers students, staff, faculty, and community members an opportunity to gather at one event for robust discussion of the current civil discourse topic. This year, the Padnos/Sarosik Center for Civil Discourse Symposium will take place in two parts on Zoom.

Register Here for Part 2


Subheading: 2021 Symposium

Part 2: The Global Battle for Truth in the Fake News Era

Global Civil Discourse Map screenshot

The tension between those people trying to share accurate information and those individuals, organizations and governments trying to misinform the public has had a major impact on the available information for civil discourse. This second of our two-part symposium will examine how this issue is playing out around the world. Please join us as we hear from GVSU faculty member Vandana Pednekar-Magal and acclaimed Chilean journalist Alejandra Matus. This event will also feature the launch of the Global Civil Discourse Map, a collaborative project between Jeff Kelly Lowenstein, Padnos/Sarosik Endowed Professor of Civil Discourse, and a team of GVSU students from his IDS 350 course and the Computer Science Program.

This online event is is free and open to the public.

INT 100/201 approved!

The event is co-sponsored by the Big Data Initiative, the School of Communications, the Writing Department and the Digital Studies Program. Award-winning student group GrandPR is doing promotional work.  

Thursday, March 25, 2021 from 6:30-8:00pm on Zoom. Register now!

Part 1: Hijacking the American Conversation with Andrew Marantz

The November election, the recent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and Twitter and Facebook’s banning of President Donald Trump have all underscored the critical role misinformation distributed on social media platforms plays in our country. This first of a two-part symposium will examine how this issue is playing out in the United States and the consequences it has had for the fabric of our democratic society. 

Andrew Marantz, journalist and author of Anti-social: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation, will lead an open conversation about interaction of political extremists and mainstream conversation. Marantz is a staff writer for The New Yorker and has contributed to the magazine since 2011. He has written extensively for the magazine about technology, social media, the alt-right, and the press, as well as about comedy and pop culture. Marantz hold a bachelor's degree in religion and religious studies from Brown University and a master's degree in journalism from New York University.

This online event is is free and open to the public.

INT 100/201 approved!

The event is co-sponsored by the Big Data Initiative, the School of Communications, the Writing Department and the Digital Studies Program. Award-winning student group GrandPR is doing promotional work.  

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 from 7:00-8:00pm on Zoom.

Headshot of Andrew Marantz


Subheading: Past Symposiums

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein, Jack Mangala, Lisa Perhamus, and Elizabeth Arnold

From left to right: Jeff Kelly Lowenstein (Endowed Professor 2020-2022), Jack Mangala (Endowed Professor 2016-2017), Lisa Perhamus (Director, Endowed Professor 2014-2015), and Elizabeth Arnold (Endowed Professor 2018-2019)