COMPETING VISIONS OF CLIMATE POPULISM

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 | 4:00 PM
SFU’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue – Room 320
580 West Hastings Street

How does the rise of populism shape debates about climate and energy in Canada? Can left visions of ecological populism combat disinformation and challenge the forces of extractive populism?

Populism has become an increasingly prominent force in Canadian political life, with significant implications for how the public engages with the intersecting politics of climate change and energy.

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IS SOCIAL MEDIA DESTROYING DEMOCRACY?

7:00 PM, April 11, 2019
Alice MacKay Room
Vancouver Public Library
Tickets: $10 – $20, on sale now

A DEBATE ON SOCIAL MEDIA IN THE AGE OF DISINFORMATION

Is social media a tool that informs and unites us, or is it responsible for deeper divisions and a more polarized society? Are misinformation, digital propaganda, algorithmic biases, and campaign hacking scandals determining the results of our elections? Do unintended flaws in the platforms and sluggish regulation undermine our democratic process?

Simply put, is social media destroying our democracy? Four expert debaters will engage in civil discourse and give you their best arguments before you cast a vote and decide the winner. Don’t miss this engaging, informative, and entertaining night!

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TRUMPING RIGHT WING POPULISM, CANADIAN STYLE

7:00 PM, APRIL 12, 2019
ALICE MACKAY ROOM
VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY
Free: registration required

While we would like to blame Donald Trump for the rise of the extreme right in Canada, there are a host of endogenous factors that have rendered Canada vulnerable to this trend. Our own breed of right-wing populism pre-dates the election of Trump and takes a peculiar yet also menacing form, ranging from political and media narratives that vilify newcomers and Muslims to social media platforms that breed fear and anxiety through purposive campaigns of misinformation.

In this free lecture, Dr. Barbara Perry, the Director of the Centre on Hate, Bias, and Extremism will explain the resurgence of right-wing extremism in Canada and propose strategies to challenge the current expression of hate fueled by the movement.

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SFU CITY CONVERSATIONS: WHEN FACTS FAIL
.Thursday, April 18, 2019 | 12:30 PM
SFU’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue – Room 320
580 West Hastings Street

Over the last decade, narratives surrounding climate, housing, drug, and transportation policies have taken centre stage in our news cycle and the collective conscious of Greater Vancouverites. Discourse about these complex issues has become highly polarized and clouded with misinformation.

 

Visit the 2019 Community Summit website to see all events taking place as part of Confronting the Disinformation Age.

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