Predicting and Influencing the Response to Protest: A Fireside Discussion 4/28

Mass Protest and State Response: Understanding Government Response to Protest Through Data and Research Across the Globe
This special Fireside Chat will feature two speakers briefly discussing their own research and experience, and willing to answer your questions about their path and careers!
Maria Lotito is both an Analyst for the United States Department of Defense and PhD Candidate in International Relations at the University of Denver. Prior to joining the U.S. government in 2010, Maria was engaged in microfinance, behavior change communication, and environmental education work in Mongolia and China. Her work with the Department of Defense has taken her to several countries in Latin America and a deployment to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Maria holds a B.A. in international affairs and Chinese language and civilization from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an MIA in International Studies from Columbia University.
Maria’s dissertation examines the foreign relations surrounding mass protest movements. Using a combination of scaling and classification techniques, she will identify the different engagement strategies states take toward protest movements, and identify the conditions that make certain strategies more likely. The existence of meaningful categories hinges upon proper specification of the underlying variable that distinguishes one state’s behavior from another: she hypothesizes that using data we can detect a state’s authenticity toward a movement it supports based on the type of support it provides to what types of actors.
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From Antartica to Rikers Island: A Fireside Chat with Jasmine Brown 02/27

From Antartica to Rikers Island: A fireside chat on climate change, prison reform, and police misconduct

About the Chat: The term “fake news” is one that is being used more and more around the world to discredit legitimate media. Come hear Jasmine Brown discuss her experience as a news producer for ABC News’ “Nightline.” On topics such as climate change and police misconduct the Jasmine and her team are focused on providing Americans with an accurate picture of what is happening in our country. Come learn about the people behind our news and the challenges and rewards that accompany a career in media.
About the Speaker: Jasmine Brown is a producer for ABC News’ “Nightline” in New York City. She has reported from some of the most remote places on the planet, producing stories ranging from the effects of climate change in Antarctica and the Marshall Islands to reforms inside Rikers Island. She covered the police shooting of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge in 2016 and the 2017 Las Vegas massacre. Before joining “Nightline,” Brown worked at “20/20,” where she contributed to the network’s Peabody Award-winning coverage of Hurricane Sandy. In 2016, she was awarded the Edward R. Murrow Award for a news series for “ABC News Nightline: Face-to-Face.”

She is studying the role of implicit bias in instances of police misconduct and the ways in which news coverage, cell phone videos and police body cameras illuminate how routine encounters can turn deadly.

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“Fake News,” Disinformation, and “Election Hacking” 11/13 (NEW DATE)


Concerned with foreign interventions in your elections? In your news? Do you trust the media? Should you?

You may be surprised to learn the FDR Foundation and Adams House are on the cutting edge of the struggle of democracy against disinformation. Come by to chat informally with Jed Willard about current trends in international media manipulation, defensive media monitoring and analysis, and counter propaganda.

This is an interactive discussion, limited to 14, undergraduates only if numbers allow. RSVP here:

(There is an RSVP option for those who cannot make this time slot but are interested in future events on this topic – make sure to indicate your interest even if you can’t make it!)

Date: 11/13/2017 (Mon.)

Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm EDT

Location: FDR Suite, B-17, Adams House

Fireside Chat: First Feminist? Eleanor Roosevelt and Women’s Rights 11/6

When her husband came out for women’s suffrage in 1911, Eleanor Roosevelt proclaimed herself “somewhat shocked as I had never given the question serious thought.” She was never a member of the Woman Suffrage Party, yet she was an avid supporter of the Women’s Trade Union League and the League of Women Voters. In the 1920s she opposed the Equal Rights Amendment, led by Alice Paul and Crystal Eastman. In her first book, Its Up to the Women, published in 1933 as her husband assumed the presidency, Roosevelt wrote that she was not interested in the abstract idea of equality with men. It did not really improve women’s ability to change society. So, was Eleanor Roosevelt a feminist? Or something else?


About the speaker: CYNTHIA M. KOCH is Historian in Residence and Director of History Programing for the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Foundation at Adams House, Harvard University. She was Director of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York (1999-2011) and subsequently Senior Adviser to the Office of Presidential Libraries, National Archives, Washington, D.C. From 2013-16 she was Public Historian in Residence at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY where she taught courses in public history and Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Her most recent publications are “They Hated Eleanor, Too,” “Hillary R[oosevelt] Clinton,” “Demagogues and Democracy,” and “Democracy and the Election” are published online by the FDR Foundation

Previously Dr. Koch was Associate Director of the Penn National Commission on Society, Culture and Community, a national public policy research group at the University of Pennsylvania. She served as Executive Director (1993-1997) of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and was Director (1979-1993) of the National Historic Landmark Old Barracks Museum in Trenton, New Jersey.

7 PM, FDR Suite (B-17), Adams House

Please note: this signup is filled, but an additional date has been added, Sunday, 11/5 at 7PM. All are welcome but should the second date fill, preference will be given to undergraduates. Sign up HERE