Faculty Convivium to touch on “American Protectionism” in February

You are cordially invited to luncheon with the Oneonta Faculty Convivium on Thursday, February 7, from noon to 1 p.m., in Le Café, Morris Hall.

Dr. Gayane Torosyan, Associate Professor of Communication and Media, will present a talk titled, “Public Discourse and The Rise of American Protectionism.”

Abstract: The 2016 election of Donald J. Trump and the “Brexit” vote both caught many pundits off guard for outcomes that seemed improbable, because many analysts did not consider the skewed rewards of the contemporary economic order. Both events suggest the resurgence of a form of economic nationalism in which aspiring and elected political leaders attack the inequalities generated by current conditions through promises to end or curtail practices that are “unfair” or otherwise disproportionately burdensome to their domestic interests. This project investigates American perceptions of “protectionism,” and their intersections with the discernible and imagined economic trends. Through a survey of more than 600 Americans concerning protectionism and neoliberal economic policies, this study examines how the discussion of current economic trends in news and social media, in addition to personal encounters with factors supporting or stifling their own economic aspirations, inform the way Americans perceive economic reality.

Seating is limited. To reserve a seat, please call X2517 prior to February 5. Vegetarian meals are available.