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Mind Over Media: Teaching about Propaganda

Renee Hobbs has been invited to give a public lecture at the University of Washington as the Walker Ames Endowed guest lecturer. Founded in 1936, the Walker Ames Lecture Series is one of the oldest and most prestigious lecture series at the University of Washington.

Mind Over Media: Teaching about Propaganda

DATE: Wednesday, November 28

TIME: 7:30 - 8:30 pm

LOCATION: Kane Hall, Room 120


American educators have been teaching about propaganda since the 1930s by helping learners to identify persuasive techniques that can make propaganda effective and sometimes difficult to resist. But these approaches, rooted in the dominant media forms of their time, no longer prepare learners for a lifetime of exposure to the new forms of contemporary propaganda that people encounter online. Learn about some new instructional strategies for teaching about contemporary propaganda in movies and entertainment media, news and journalism, public relations and advertising, activism and even education. Consider some potential outcomes of examining disinformation, sponsored content, conspiracy theories, hoaxes and memes in the context of formal and informal learning.