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20/20 Vision for the 2020 Elections: Fake News, Real Democracy

DATE:  Thursday, May 30, 2019

TIME: 7:00PM

LOCATION: The Community Room of the Rochambeau Library, 708 Hope Street, Providence RI

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, a book about media literacy in libraries. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Renee Hobbs, Director of the Media Education Lab at the University of Rhode Island’s Harrington School of Communication and Media.

Entitled, “20/20 Vision for the 2020 Elections: Fake News, Real Democracy,” the panel discussion will focus on identifying false information, propaganda and disinformation, examining how it shapes public opinion, as well as practical advice for limiting its potential harms. 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 will open 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.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of Rochambeau Library, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization supporting the work of our library in our community.