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2020 Vision for the 2020 Election

Providence panel discussion on fake news and the 2020 Presidential election

DATE: Thursday, May 30

TIME: 7:00 PM

LOCATION: Rochambeau Library, 708 Hope Street, Providence 

The Friends of the Rochambeau Library features a roundtable speaking event entitled 20/20 Vision for the 2020 Elections: Fake News, Real Democracy. The conversation will focus on what false information is, how it spreads and shapes public opinion, as well as practical advice for stemming its dissemination. Attendees of the event will come away with a clearer answer to the question, “What is fake news and why does it matter?”

Panelists for this community conversation will be the Honorable Nirva LaFortune, City Council Member for Ward 3 in Providence; Kate Coyne-McCoy, political consultant and public policy expert from Harvard Kennedy School of Government; Ian Donnis, political correspondent for RI NPR; and Pamela Steager, head of Media Literacy Now RI and co-author of the forthcoming book, The Library Screen Scene. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Renee Hobbs, Director of the Media Education Lab at the University of Rhode Island.

The roundtable will have a forty-minute discussion and then address audience questions. Audience members will have a chance to submit questions during the event. The program opens with a short business meeting introducing Friends of Rochambeau’s plans for the year ahead. Light refreshments provided, and the program is free and open to the public.