"Religious Toleration after 9/11"

April 12-14, 2012

Co-sponsored with the Byron White Center for the Study of Constitutional Law

Keynote address:  Prof. William A. Galston, Brookings Institutions, "Muslims and Catholics in the American Constitutional Order"

Speakers:  Steven D. Smith, Lucas Swaine, Adam Hosein, Emily Gill, Tamara Metz, Edward Eberle, Hilal Elver, Kent Greenawalt, Corey Brettschneider, David Leitch, Donald Drakeman, David Sehat, Robert Nagel

"Three Concepts of Dignity in Constitutional Law"

Nenomi Rao, George Mason University
March 15, 2012

Commentary provided by Professor Frank Cloucci

"How to Build What’s Next for News:
Entrepreneurial Journalism"

Mark Briggs
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
5:30-7pm, Humanities 150

Author Mark Briggs will discuss the intersection of journalism and entrepreneurship. In his lecture, he’ll review the new business models for news and the startups and new projects that are flourishing around us, giving us a preview of what's next for news.

Mark Briggs serves as the director of digital media for KING-5 TV in Seattle, Washington, as well as the Ford Fellow in Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Poynter Institute. His book, Journalism 2.0: How to Survive and Thrive not only coined the term “Journalism 2.0,” but also serves as a resource for journalists seeking to enter the digital era. His most recent monograph, Entrepreneurial Journalism: How to Build What’s Next for News, guides journalists through the new digital maze to build an innovative and sustainable news business from scratch.

Co-sponsered by the Keller Center as part of The Content and Context of Digital Culture 2012 conference.

"Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street:
Why 2011 Was Not 1968"

Todd Gitlin
Monday, February 27, 2012
5:30-7pm, Humanities 150

The uprisings of 2011 resembled the uprisings of 1968 in their cross-border globalism, but they have been far more popular and (in Tunisia, Egypt, and the United States) far more nonviolent. Prof. Gitlin will speak on themes related to his new book Occupy Nation, which examines the Occupy movement in relation to previous movements, explores its spirit, and analyzes its current quandaries and prospects.

Todd Gitlin is a widely published and frequent contributor to newspapers and magazines including TPMcafe.com and CJR.org online. He serves as the Chair of the Ph.D. program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. He is the author of more than a dozen academic titles, as well as a novel entitled Undying, Counterpoint. His upcoming monograph, Occupy Nation: The Roots, the Spirit, and the Promise of Occupy Wall Street will release electronically on April, 10, 2012.

Co-sponsered by the Keller Center as part of The Content and Context of Digital Culture 2012 conference.

"Occupy this Lecture! The Logic of Connective Action:
Digital Media and the Organization of Protest Politics"

W. Lance Bennett
Monday, February 27, 2012
12:30- 2pm, Old Main Chapel

From the Arab Spring and los indignados in Spain, to Occupy Wall Street (and beyond), large scale, sustained protests have used digital media in ways that go well beyond sending and receiving messages. Prof. Bennett will outline a model of connective action, that emphasizes more inclusive digital networks, as contrasted with earlier models of collective action, that were based on the resources, leadership, and collective action framing of brick and mortar organizations. He asks, what are the political capabilities of connective action networks, and how can we now understand communication as an organizational process?

W. Lance Bennett is a professor of Political Science and serves as the Ruddick C. Lawrence Professor of Communication at the University of Washington. He also serves as the Director of the Center for Communication and Civic Engagement (www.engagedcitizen.org) at the University of Washington. He is the author of ten books, including his most recent, When the Press Fails: Political Power and the News Media from Iraq to Katrina.

Co-sponsered by the Keller Center as part of The Content and Context of Digital Culture 2012 conference.