Talking To Ourselves: On the Social Media Echo Chamber (Brookings Institute)

Social media sites like Facebook that let us curate sources of our choosing have earned a reputation for becoming “echo chambers,” filtering out opposing opinions.

In fact, a third of users say they do not perceive a diversity of opinion in their news feeds.

According to the Brookings Institute, these echo chambers have developed out of a negative political climate. Though older generations appear to use social media in a more substantive manner, users believe online discussions are often less respectful than those conducted in person. Read more.

Inaugural Symposium: The Power of the Liberal Arts — Historian, Pioneering Academic and University President Hanna Holborn Gray


Hanna Holburn Gray

The Power of the Liberal Arts,” the symposium that is prelude to the inauguration of Clayton S. Rose as Bowdoin’s 15th president, comprises leaders from the worlds of business, design, government, higher education and public health. The symposium will be held in Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall, 2 p.m.­–5 p.m., Friday, October 16, 2015. In advance of the discussion, we continue a series of participant profiles.

Hanna Holborn Gray led the University of Chicago from 1978 to 1993, one of the longest, and most productive, presidencies in the university’s history. The first female president of a major research university, Gray set about strengthening the academy’s commitment to scholarship and excellence. In her inaugural address, she encouraged scholars and students to strive for more than “decent mediocrity.”

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