Understanding the Forces that Drive Us Apart: A Symposium on Polarization
February 5, 2019
UMass Amherst Campus
This daylong symposium will help participants understand the history and dynamics of political and social polarization as well as offer opportunities to build skills to overcome it. Featured speakers include Lecia Brooks, Outreach Director, Southern Poverty Law Center; Jelani Cobb, Professor of Journalism, Columbia University; Daniel Ziblatt, Harvard University. Book signing opportunities will also be available. Sponsored by the Office of Equity and Inclusion.
9:30 am: Opening Remarks
10:00 am: Plenary Session: Hate in Historical Perspective
12:00 pm: Lunch Keynote Address: Hate in the US Today with Lecia Brooks, Outreach Director, Southern Poverty Law Center
1:00pm: Plenary Session: The Structures of Polarization
2:30pm: Breakout Sessions: Building Skills to Combat Polarization
How to be an Intersectional Ally
Using Dialogue to Bridge Political Divides Between Massachusetts & Kentucky
2:30pm: Watch. Learn. Grow. Documentary Film Screening: Abrazos
4:00pm: Speech On and Off Campus: A Conversation with Jelani Cobb, Professor of Journalism, Columbia University. Moderated by Anna Branch, Professor of Sociology and Associate Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion, UMass Amherst.
6:00pm: Evening Keynote Address: Insights from How Democracies Die with Daniel Ziblatt, Harvard University