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Before his election, Donald Trump promised to execute a 100 day action plan to make America great again. The first 100 days in the office, or the so called honeymoon with Congress and public, is a traditional evaluation period the introduced policies of new presidency are discussed.

In this panel, we will debate how President Trump’s time in the office has started. What are the policies and actions he has introduced? What are his biggest successes and his major challenges? How is he working together with the Congress? Is the American public supporting him? And how is his role seen in the global contexts?

The panel is hosted by Professor Mikko Saikku (University of Helsinki) and participants represent different perspectives in evaluating Trump’s presidency. Patrick Miller is a specialist in American history, and he will contextualize the current tensions in civil rights and race relations. Peter Miller is a political scientist. He will comment on utive-legislative and utive-bureaucratic relations in the Trump administration. Mike Schmidli is a political historian and his expertise centers on U.S. foreign relations and international history. Rani-Henrik Andersson is a historian who will discuss the changes in the political culture during the Trump era. Outi Hakola is a media scholar and she will discuss Trump’s media relationships and media representations of Trump’s presidency.

Listen to the views of a professor of industrial mathematics, a professor examining the Russian mind and language, and a professor exploring the relationship between employment and empathy. Samuli Siltanen, Arto Mustajoki and Anne Birgitta Pessi convened in the Kaisa Library for a discussion focused on thought and thinking led by journalist Reetta Räty. (In Finnish)

What do you think and why, and what would you like to think? Do you think alone or with others, and what does thinking mean to you? Watch Think Talks. Think.

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Thinkfest, an open urban festival of science and thought, is organised every autumn. The festival features events in different parts of Helsinki, but if you are unable to attend, some of the events can also be followed online. You can also watch recordings from events organised in previous years, such as the autumn 2016 discussion of the role of science. Why is science important? Does research make the world a better place, or is it just a waste of taxpayers’ money? And is science really no longer valued?

Find out more by watching videos of last year’s Thinkfest online! →

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