Law School Preparation Panel

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Burrow Hall, 105
Contact person: Career Services

Career Services is teaming up with pre-law faculty advisors to host a law school panel. At the panel, they will discuss different aspects of the law school application process, as well as perspectives from admissions officers at SMU, UTK, and Ole Miss Law Schools.  

Political Science
Career Services

Hal Roberts presents Network Propaganda: Manipulation, Disinformation, and Radicalization in American Politics

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Contact person: Jackie Baker

Is social media destroying democracy? Are Russian propaganda or "Fake news" entrepreneurs on Facebook undermining our sense of a shared reality? A conventional wisdom has emerged since the election of Donald Trump in 2016 that new technologies and their manipulation by foreign actors played a decisive role in his victory and are responsible for the sense of a "post-truth" moment in which disinformation and propaganda thrives.

Network Propaganda challenges that received wisdom through the most comprehensive study yet published on media coverage of American presidential politics from the start of the election cycle in April 2015 to the one year anniversary of the Trump presidency. Analyzing millions of news stories together with Twitter and Facebook shares, broadcast television and YouTube, the book provides a comprehensive overview of the architecture of contemporary American political communications. Through data analysis and detailed qualitative case studies of coverage of immigration, Clinton scandals, and the Trump Russia investigation, the book finds that the right-wing media ecosystem operates fundamentally differently than the rest of the media environment.

The authors argue that longstanding institutional, political, and cultural patterns in American politics interacted with technological change since the 1970s to create a propaganda feedback loop in American conservative media. This dynamic has marginalized center-right media and politicians, radicalized the right wing ecosystem, and rendered it susceptible to propaganda efforts, foreign and domestic. For readers outside the United States, the book offers a new perspective and methods for diagnosing the sources of, and potential solutions for, the perceived global crisis of democratic politics.

This event is free and open to the public. A reception with a book sale and signing will follow in the foyer. 

Vallera Gibson, Department of State

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The U.S. State Department is seeking to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as Foreign Service Officers by promoting two of their most reward The U.S. State Department is seeking to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as Foreign Service Officers by promoting two of their most rewarding student programs—The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship and The Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Fellowship. 

Please join us for an informational session with Vallera Gibson, Diplomat-in-Residence with the U.S. Department of State for N. Georgia, Tennessee, and N. Alabama, to learn more about these opportunities. Students interested in these fellowships should have a desire to promote positive change in the world. These programs encourage the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need.

International Studies Political Science
Career Services Post Graduate Fellowships

Charlie Cook: A Preview of the 2018 Midterm Elections

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Opening Reception at 5:30 pm.

Charlie Cook is editor and publisher of the Cook Political Report, a columnist for the National Journal Group, and a Political Analyst for NBC News. Charlie is considered one of the nation’s leading independent, non-partisan authorities on American politics and U.S. elections.

Political Science Political Economy

"Trump's First Year": A Booktalk With Michael Nelson

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A booktalk with Dr. Michael Nelson, Fulmer Professor of Political Science at Rhodes College and a Senior Fellow at the University of Virginia's Miller Center. Published on the anniversary of Trump's inauguration, Nelson's book offers the most complete and up-to-date assessment of this still unfolding story.

Before the talk, a book sale and signing will be held at a reception beginning at 5:30pm in Buckman Lobby.

Political Science
Project for the Study of Liberal Democracy

Health, Our Local, and Global Concern

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The Global Health Forum will include a panel of speakers discussing general
community health in the Mid-South; global health; and health issues related
to gender and sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, and people with
disabilities.

Speakers include:
· Leah Williamson and Melanie Bacon of Family Voices of Tennessee,
a program of the Tennessee Disability Coalition
· Dr. Tom McGowan, associate professor of sociology at Rhodes
(research includes social gerontology, medical sociology and community
health)
· Dr. Peter Hossler, assistant professor of urban studies (research
includes the politics of health care)
· Atticus Wolfe, Rhodes student leader majoring in history and urban
studies
· Brandon Johnson, Rhodes student leader majoring in political
economy
· Seabelo John, UN global health fellow at Rhodes and organizer of
the forum

Political Science
Rhodes GenUN United Nations Foundation

Health, Our Local, and Global Concern

Event date

The Global Health Forum will include a panel of speakers discussing general
community health in the Mid-South; global health; and health issues related
to gender and sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, and people with
disabilities.

Speakers include:
· Leah Williamson and Melanie Bacon of Family Voices of Tennessee,
a program of the Tennessee Disability Coalition
· Dr. Tom McGowan, associate professor of sociology at Rhodes
(research includes social gerontology, medical sociology and community
health)
· Dr. Peter Hossler, assistant professor of urban studies (research
includes the politics of health care)
· Atticus Wolfe, Rhodes student leader majoring in history and urban
studies
· Brandon Johnson, Rhodes student leader majoring in political
economy
· Seabelo John, UN global health fellow at Rhodes and organizer of
the forum

Political Science
Rhodes GenUN United Nations Foundation