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Media & Democracy Program to Explore Misinformation's Impact

The Media & Democracy program will cohost a May 31 public event at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, on “The Consequences of Misinformation,” at which scholars and journalists will discuss the status of facts and the persistence of misinformation; the speed, virality, and spread of misinformation; and what can be done to correct or manage misinformation.

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Sheila Jasanoff to Receive 2018 Hirschman Prize

Sheila Jasanoff was recently selected to receive the 2018 Albert O. Hirschman Prize, the SSRC’s highest award. The biennial Hirschman Prize honors scholars who have made outstanding contributions to international, interdisciplinary social science research, theory, and public communication. Jasanoff, the Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, will formally receive the award and deliver the Hirschman Prize lecture at an event in New York City, November 30. 

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SSRC Cosponsors Science in Japan Forum

The SSRC is joining with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science to cosponsor the 23rd annual Science in Japan Forum, June 15, at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. The event brings together Asian and American scholars to discuss this year’s topic, “Memory and The Museum,” from the perspectives of history, community, the mind, and more.
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SSRC Hosts Safiya Noble Lecture on Digital Inequality

This month the Media & Democracy program presented professor Safiya Noble at a public event at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College in New York City. Professor Noble spoke on her book Algorithms of Oppression, with a response by NYU professor Meredith Broussard, author of  Artificial Unintelligence. The SSRC's Jason Rhody, codirector of the Media & Democracy program, moderated an engaging discussion to cap off the evening. You can watch the event here.

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New Publications on Inequality and Social Protest from SSRC Program Director Kris-Stella Trump

Anxieties of Democracy program director Kris-Stella Trump recently published two articles in peer reviewed journals. “Does Inequality Beget Inequality? Experimental Tests of the Prediction that Inequality Increases System Justification,” coauthored with Ariel White, was published in the Journal of Experimental Political Science; “Black Lives Matter: Evidence that Police-Caused Deaths Predict Protest Activity,” coauthored with Vanessa Williamson and Katherine Einstein, was published in Perspectives on Politics.

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Fellows Spotlight

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Dr. Richard Mbunda

Dr. Mbunda is a lecturer in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration of the University of Dar es Salaam. His work transforms foodways in Tanzania by facilitating communities of food sovereignty activists, most recently working with NGOs to promote dialogue between local farmers, parliamentarians, and researchers. Having held both research (2013-2014) and completion (2014-2015) fellowships from the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa program, Dr. Mbunda is one of the program’s 75 fellows to be awarded a PhD.


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