Newhouse/iSchool seminar series will explore social media’s influence on politics

By Wendy S. Loughlin

September 12, 2018

A new seminar series at Syracuse University will explore how social media is influencing the current political climate in the U.S.

The series, Social Media & Democracy, is co-sponsored by the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the School of Information Studies (iSchool). It will comprise three panel discussions held over the course of the fall semester. Follow the discussion on Twitter using the hashtag #SUSocialDemocracy.

Tuesday, Sept. 25: Activism in the Digital Age



  • Dwight DeWerth-Pallmeyer, associate professor, communication studies, Widener University
  • Biko Mandela Gray, assistant professor, religion, Syracuse University College of Arts and Sciences
  • Tia C. M. Tyree, professor, strategic, legal and management communications, Howard University

Tuesday, Oct. 16: Fake News, Language Analysis and Online Influence


  • Lu Xiao, associate professor, iSchool


  • Rosanna Guadagno, director, Information Warfare Working Group, Stanford University
  • Lillian Lee, professor, computer science and information science, Cornell University
  • Victoria Rubin, professor, information and media studies, University of Western Ontario

Wednesday, Nov. 14: How Social Media Impacted the November Midterms



  • Jessica Baldwin-Philippi, assistant professor, communication and media studies, Fordham University
  • Arvind Diddi, professor, communications studies, SUNY Oswego
  • Jon Keegan, senior research fellow, Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia University

All events will be held at 6 p.m. in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse 3.

For more information, contact Luttrell at, Xiao at or Jon Glass at