After a divisive election and years of divided government, our country is undergoing a major political transition that will present our new government with important policy choices in almost every area we study. We have much to consider about the challenges presented by the election to many of the fields we teach and research.
As a residential research institution, we have the enormous opportunity to explore these policy choices and challenges thoughtfully and bring a wide variety of viewpoints, perspectives, and research-based expertise to the transition. As citizens, we have a duty to engage thoughtfully with both the policy choices, and the methods of political engagement, that face our country in the years ahead.
Our schools, centers, and offices are hosting an exciting range of opportunities to think through issues from fake news to foreign affairs; the history of big transitions and the weekly events that unfold in the White House; the future of public education; and the political choices inherent in moderation or radicalism. I am writing to invite you to join these conversations, to offer a way to keep abreast of them, and to invite additional submissions.
Engaged Conversations joins Hot Topics, our ongoing campus pop-up series on topics of the moment, as a semester of educational events, discussions, conferences, and lectures that examine the roles, responsibilities and opportunities of citizens in government and the choices ahead of us.
The campus-wide series includes White House Wednesdays at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs each week at 12:30 p.m. These 45-minute sessions will cover topics such as U.S. Supreme Court Nominees, diplomacy, and environmental policy. Our Feb. 9, the Poynter Center and our Hot Topics forum team up to address "Fake News and Media Literacy," and panelists include IU faculty from the Media School and the School of Informatics and Computing as well as our 2016-17 Poynter Center Chair Roger Cohen and Caryn Baird from Politifact. The list of known events can be found here.
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