Global Challenges 2017

Nationalism, Fake News, and the Power of Culture

CIVIC DISCORD: Nationalism, Fake News, and the Power of Culture

Click below to listen to a recording of the dynamic conversation and broaden your perspective on Civic Discord.

Each year, UW Honors freshmen select a complex issue, and our community tackles their biggest questions, together. The event joins speakers from (seemingly) unconnected disciplines to closely examine a problem that appears insurmountable to our students. You are invited into challenging conversations where differences are not only respected, but valued and absorbed into evolving perspectives.

photo of Resat Kasaba, Randy Engstrom, and Kate Starbird in Honors 100 classroom
2017 Global Challenges speakers visit with students in Honors 100

Reşat Kasaba, International Studies

Randy Engstrom, Public Servant in Arts and Youth Advocacy

Kate Starbird, Human-Centered Engineering and Informatics

More about our speakers

Portrait of Dean Taylor

Ed Taylor, Education, Undergraduate Academic Affairs – Moderator

Ed Taylor is vice provost and dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs at UW, overseeing transformative programs that serve students from every college and major program on campus. He has been a professor in the UW’s College of Education, which he joined in 1995.

Taylor is passionate about the power of civil discourse across difference to effect change, especially in the realm of higher learning. His research and teaching center on moral dimensions of education and integrative education, leadership in education and social justice, and he has written, taught and presented extensively on these topics. He co-authored the books: Foundations of Critical Race Theory in Education, and Transformative Conversations: A Guide to Mentoring Communities Among Colleagues in Higher Education and has been published in a number of newspapers, journals, and books.

Taylor earned his Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies at the University of Washington. He earned a master’s degree in psychology and bachelors’ degrees in sociology and in psychology at Gonzaga University.

Portrait of Resat Kasaba

Reşat Kasaba, International Studies

Reşat Kasaba, an expert in the history and politics of the Middle East, is Director of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and the Stanley D. Golub Chair in International Studies. He has taught undergraduate and graduate students at UW for over 30 years on economic history, state-society relations, migration, ethnicity and nationalism, urban history in the Middle East and world history, and is a recipient of the UW Distinguished Teaching Award.

Kasaba is a monthly commentator on Voice of America (Turkey) and is often quoted in local and regional media on some of the world’s most pressing issues. Kasaba teaches courses that study the interaction between states and markets from a world-historical perspective, the impact of Islam in Italian cities, and the US war in Iraq. His understanding of Turkey’s modern history and current political upheaval underscores the importance of educational and judicial systems to uphold democracy. He is currently President of the Association for Professional Schools of International Affairs and a board member of the Middle East Studies Association of North America.

Dr. Kasaba holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology. He has written and edited seven books and over 40 articles and opinion pieces.

Portrait of Kate Starbird

Kate Starbird, Human-Centered Engineering and Informatics

Kate Starbird is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) at the University of Washington. Kate’s research is situated within human-computer interaction (HCI) and the emerging field of crisis informatics—the study of the how information-communication technologies (ICTs) are used during crisis events. One major focus of her work is to understand and describe how affected people, emergency responders and remote individuals come together online to respond to major crisis events, often forming emergent collaborations to meet unpredicted needs.

Starbird has recently focused on how online rumors spread—and how online rumors are corrected—during crisis events. Starbird is fast becoming a voice of urgency regarding “how the information networks we’ve built are almost perfectly designed to exploit psychological vulnerabilities to rumor“.

Starbird earned her PhD from the University of Colorado at Boulder in Technology, Media and Society and holds a BS in Computer Science from Stanford University.

Portrait of Randy Engstrom

Randy Engstrom, Public Servant in Arts and Youth Advocacy

Randy Engstrom oversees more than 400 arts organizations as Director of Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture. He is a passionate advocate and organizer who sees art and culture as a vehicle for cultural dialog, civic engagement and community development. Before his current appointment, Engstrom was the first director of the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in West Seattle, where he helped to establish or support a number of grassroots, youth-driven community service organizations such as the Washington Bus, FEEST, Arts Corps, and The Nature Consortium.

Engstrom’s commitment to youth empowerment and civic engagement began as an undergraduate. As he learned about the systemic underpinnings of poverty, racial inequity, and political dysfunction he was also participating in an arts scene that drew seemingly disparate groups together. Noticing that “art and culture and music are not inherently dogmatic,” Engstrom builds bridges across social, political and economic differences through innovative, inclusive programming that empowers and amplifies.

Engstrom received his bachelor’s degree from Evergreen State College and a masters in public administration at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Affairs.