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Thursday March 16. 2017

Panel on fake news will tackle the truth about lies

Why are lies creeping into so many platforms of public discourse? The University of Waterloo’s Beyond 60 Community Lecture Series presents professors from three Faculty of Arts disciplines in a discussion and Q&A that will tackle the truth about lies.

Post-truth, Fake news, Alternative facts will take place at Kitchener Public Library, moderated by Douglas Peers, dean of arts, with the following panel of experts:

Robert Danisch, associate professor of speech communication, will explore how citizenship is impacted when public discourse is shaped by incivility, inaccuracy, and conflict over truth itself.

Anna Esselment, assistant professor of political science, will talk about how fake news is changing the way political campaigns are fought, and how this affects voter choices.

David DeVidi, professor of philosophy, will first talk about fake news and alternative facts as an historical phenomenon, and then examine why recent trends are reason for alarm and taking action.
Date: Thursday, March 16, 2017
Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
Location: Kitchener Public Library, Central Branch Auditorium, 85 Queen Street North
Parking: Free parking in evenings, beside the library
Please register for this free lecture.



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