Truth and Lies in a Polarized Time
E.J. Dionne’s Prophetic Voices Lecture is a journalistic, political, and ethical take on the polarized landscape of the contemporary United States. As a journalist, Dionne will examine these debates within the context of news media. He will investigate how print, digital, and broadcast news platforms can work either to counter or perpetuate disinformation, propaganda, and falsehood during a time of “post-truth,” “fake news,” and “alternative facts.” He will discuss how recent upsurges of populism should push journalists to report on and understand the sources of discontent and the hurt that are producing such populist sentiment. He also will speak about how journalists should disentangle genuine bigotry from frustrations rooted in injustice.
As a student of government, he will explore matters of civic nationalism, exclusionary populism, liberal democracy, and ethnocultural identity politics under the Trump administration.
As a Christian, he will draw a distinction between faith as a social marker used to exclude or aggrandize a particular social group and faith as the invocation of principles advocating for human dignity, belonging, and fellowship.
Friday, April 5, 2019 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Cushing Hall, 001
Cushing Hall, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467