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Political Misperceptions Conference

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Political Misperceptions Conference

February 8-10, 2018

Sponsored by:

Department of Political Science, University of Houston

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, University of Houston

Thursday, February 8

Location: Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion, MD Anderson Library

4:00-5:15 PM

Keynote Address

  • “Inside the Fake News Bubble? Consumption of Online Fake News in the 2016 U.S. Election”
  • Speaker: Brendan Nyhan, Professor of Government, Dartmouth College

5:15-6:00 PM    

  • Public Reception


7:30 PM

  • Private Welcome Reception


Friday, February 9

Location: Midtown Room, Student Center South

8:30-9:00 AM

  • Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:15 AM

  • Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:15-10:35 AM

Panel 1

  • “Misinformation and the Currency of Citizenship: A Retrospective,” by Jennifer Jerit.
  • “The Root of False Beliefs: Political Rumors in America from 2010-2017,” by Adam Berinsky.
  • Discussants: Jason Casellas and Brandon Rottinghaus

10:35-10:50 AM

  • Break

10:50-12:10 AM

Panel 2 

  • “Enchanted America: Intuition and Reason in US Politics,” by Eric Oliver.
  • “Denialism or Conspiracism?” by Joseph Uscinski. 
  • Discussants: Scott Clifford and Ryan Jewell

12:10-1:00 PM 

  • Lunch

1:00-2:20 PM

Panel 3

  • “Combating Conspiracy Theories about Disease Epidemics: An Experiment on Zika in Brazil,” by Brendan Nyhan, DJ Flynn, and Victoria Chi.
  • “Crafting News Media Literacy Messages to Combat Misinformation on Social Media,” by Emily Vraga, Leticia Bode, and Melissa Tully. 
  • Discussants: Beth Simas and Adam Ozer

 Location: Philip Guthrie Hoffman 310

2:40-3:20 PM

Panel 4

  • “News Feeds on the Go: Does Using Facebook on a Mobile Device Obscure Fake News?” by Kathleen Searles.
  • Discussant: Lindita Camaj

3:20-4:10 PM

  • Poster Session

7:00 PM

  • Dinner at El Big Bad (RSVP)

 Saturday, February 10

Location: Midtown Room, Student Center South

9:00-9:30 AM                    

  • Continental Breakfast

9:30-11:30 AM                 


Panel 5

  •  “The Relationship between Losing an Election and Conspiracy Theory Endorsement,” by Joanne Miller, Kyle Saunders, and Christina Farhart.
  • “Conspiracies, Electoral Fraud, and Support for Democratic Norms,” by Bethany Albertson.
  • “(Increasingly) Suspicious Minds? Estimating and Explaining Mass Conspiracism Over Time,” by Adam Enders.
  • Discussants: Scott Basinger and Yongkwang Kim 

11:30 AM

  • Concluding Remarks