How Technology Both Increases Polarization and Builds Bridges in a Divided US Election Season

Event Date: 10/20/2022
Time: 7 pm
Lake Michigan College
125 Veterans Boulevard
South Haven, MI 49090

By Dr. Lisa Schirch

Starmann Chair in Peace Studies, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. Univerity of Notre Dame


Dr. Lisa Schirch will provide a survey of the best and worst impacts of technology on polarization and social cohesion. Highlighting case studies and examples in the US within the context of a tense US election, she will explain how the designs of some technology platforms like Facebook and Twitter seem to encourage polarization, and then explain some new tech platforms that can help build greater trust and care among Americans.


Lisa Schirch, PhD is Professor of the Practice of Peacebuilding and the Starmann Chair in Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. She also directs the Social Media, Technology, and Peacebuilding program for the Toda Peace Institute. A former Fulbright Fellow in East and West Africa, Schirch is the author of eleven books, including Social Media Impacts on Conflict and Democracy: The Tech-tonic Shift.


Admission is $10. Students, educators and clergy admitted free. The doors will open 30 minutes prior to the presentation. COVID protocols will be observed.

South Haven/Van Buren County Convention and Visitors Bureau
546 Phoenix Street
South Haven, MI 49090
Phone: 269 637-5252