Democracy and Social Media, Terror in France, and Crisis of the Liberal Order

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MAY 2017 EVENTS

#Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media

May 04 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM ET

Cass R. Sunstein, Harvard Law School

As the Internet grows more sophisticated, it is creating new threats to democracy. Social media companies such as Facebook can sort us ever more efficiently into groups of the like-minded, creating echo chambers that amplify our views. It’s no accident that on some occasions, people of different political views cannot even understand each other. Does online fragmentation endanger the shared conversations, experiences, and understandings that are the lifeblood of democracy?

Terror in France: The Rise of Jihad in the West

May 09, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM ET

Gilles Kepel, Sciences Po, Paris

In November 2015, ISIS terrorists massacred scores of people in Paris with coordinated attacks on the Bataclan concert hall, cafés and restaurants, and the national sports stadium. On Bastille Day in 2016, an ISIS sympathizer drove a truck into crowds of vacationers at the beaches of Nice. What caused the radicalization of young French Muslims to occur? Why did the governments in France and across Europe fail to address it?

Crisis of the Liberal Order

May 11, 6:00 PM – 7:30…

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