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D-phi seeks moderators for upcoming symposium

The interdisciplinary event will focus on the intersection of social media and democracy.

By Lindsey Coulter

January 16, 2019

Denver Project for Humanistic Inquiry bannerThe Denver Project for Humanistic Inquiry and the Metropolitan State University of Denver Department of Philosophy are hosting a daylong interdisciplinary symposium, iNation: Democracy in the Era of Social Media and Fake News, on the intersection of social media and democracy — and you are invited to be a part of the conversation. Faculty are invited to guide this timely conversation as moderators and are encouraged to bring their classes to a session.

iNation: Democracy in the Era of Social Media and Fake News will feature nationally recognized experts as well as local scholars from a variety of fields, including communications, journalism, political science, philosophy, religious studies and computer science. Regina Rini, Canada research chair in Philosophy of Moral and Social Cognition at York University and the 2018 winner of the Marc Sanders Foundation Public Philosophy Award, will deliver the keynote address and will be introduced by our own President Janine Davidson, Ph.D.

“We are said to be living in the ‘age of information,’ but it is equally an age of disinformation,” said Adam Graves, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy and D-phi founder.

Graves noted that the same technologies that deliver a world of information to our fingertips have also brought us a world of fake news, and the social media that connect us have produced seemingly unprecedented levels of political polarization and social isolation.

“The need to assess the growing impact of these media and technologies upon the fabric of our society and our democratic institutions has never been more urgent than it is today,” Graves said.

D-phi invites all interested faculty to participate. Please contact if you would like chair a session, moderate a discussion or bring your class to the event. The program corresponds to the class schedule (one session per class period). The event is free; however, RSVPs are preferred.  

Attendees can stay up to date on this event and more at

iNation: Democracy in the Era of Social Media and Fake News

Feb. 19

Jordan Student Success Building


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