Right and left political perspectives and opinions are becoming increasingly divergent, especially in the EU and the US. Historically, we’ve seen this divide between nations, but now it has a new ever widening divide within nations on pivotal issues such as immigration, gun control, women’s rights, and climate change.

With our interdisciplinary panel, the event will seek to address:

  • how the design of social and digital media play a (polarizing) role in creating perceptions
  • complications to information gathering in a post-truth age
  • the extent that humans are naturally inclined to polarize their views, particularly with the mediums of communication we have
  • who is responsible for regulating mass data use with third parties
  • how to address these issues in our day to day lives
  • how this digital era is enabling the public to shape politics more

Panelists: 

  • Anna Shamanska, Social Media News & Media

Social Media Producer for Radio for Europe/ Radio Liberty, 
2014 AAU Journalism Alumna, 

  • Ondřej Pekáček, Sociology specialist 

PhD. Candidate at Charles University, Faculty of Social Sciences, 
2013 AAU International Relations Alumnus,

  • Nicholas Dungey, Political Theorist specialist 

Associate Researcher, Centre for European Security, Institute of International Relations Prague
Department of Political Science, California State University, Northridge 

  • PhDr. Martina Klicperová-Baker, CSc., Political Psychology specialist 

Research scholar of the Institute of Psychology, the Czech Academy of Sciences
Heads the Political Psychology section of the Czech-Moravian Psychology Society

“One of the biggest challenges we have to our democracy is the degree to which we don’t share a common baseline of facts… If you watch Fox News, you are living on a different planet than you are if you listen to NPR… I think it's a solvable problem, but it's one that we need to spend some valuable time thinking about.”
 – Barack Obama, David Letterman interview, January 12th, 2018