Update as of 3/15/20: Program postponed until further notice.
The Springfield Free Public Library is pleased to participate in the Public Scholars Program of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities with “What’s This About Fake News?,” a presentation by Jason Luther, PhD., Rowan University Assistant Professor of Writing Arts, at 2:00 PM on Sunday, March 22.
The web creates an ideal environment for news and other content to spread like wildfire. Propaganda has existed as long as language itself; and yet “fake news” seems somehow different. Is it? The digital world has changed how we give and receive information. But how do we track the origin and assess the legitimacy of the information that we receive? In order to effectively read and evaluate sources, we can develop awareness about how they reach us and how we read them. In this session, participants will examine fake news and ways to evaluate the kinds of sites, technologies, and processes that participate in circulating falsehoods online.
This program is funded by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, an independent non-profit organization and state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The New Jersey Council for the Humanities serves as a grant maker, program provider, partner, and convener that works with statewide and community organizations to bring dynamic public humanities programming to the local level throughout our state. More information about the New Jersey Council for the Humanities can be found at www.njhumanities.org.
This program is free and open to all members of the general public and preregistration is not required.