CANCELLED: The Far Right on College Campuses Talk by Jesse Daniels

February 20, 2020 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Graham Memorial 039

*Due to the possibility of inclement weather, the talk and workshop with Jessie Daniels have been CANCELED. Organizers are working to reschedule Dr. Daniels’ visit for March 23-24 and will send out announcements once the plans are finalized.*

Please join the Countering Hate Initiative, the Department of English and Comparative Literature, the Center for Information, Technology & Public Life, and the Institute for the Arts & Humanities for a talk by sociologist Jessie Daniels on Thursday, February 20, 5-6:30pm at the Graham Memorial 039. Refreshments will be provided at 4:30pm.

ABSTRACT:  When tiki-torch carrying protestors marched on the campus of the University of Virginia in August, 2017, many observers were shocked at the presence of white supremacists on a college campus. They needn't have been. Months before, white supremacists had been organizing in face-to-face meetings and online to oppose the removal of a Confederate statue on campus. While many regard these protests as the expression of a "lunatic fringe," far from the mainstream, in fact, they are much closer to the core values of American higher education than many are comfortable acknowledging.

In this engaging talk, Jessie Daniels draws on over 25 years of research into white supremacy - and personal experience of being attacked by the far right - to present the very real, and persistent, threat the far right poses for higher education and for democratic societies.

BIO: Jessie Daniels, PhD (she/her), is a Faculty Associate at the Harvard Berkman Klein Center, a Full Professor of Sociology at Hunter College, and affiliated faculty in Africana Studies, Critical Social Psychology and Sociology at The Graduate Center-CUNY. She is an internationally recognized expert who has studied Internet manifestations of racism for more than twenty-five years. She is the author of White Lies (Routledge, 1997) and Cyber Racism (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009), which explore white supremacist use of media, and editor of Digital Sociologies (Policy Press 2017). Her current book project is Tweet Storm: The Rise of the Far Right, the Mainstreaming of White Supremacy, and How Tech and Media Helped.  She was named a “pioneer in digital sociology” by the American Sociological Association and presented her research in 2019 to the United Nations.