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Straight Talk: Media and Politics in a Post-Truth Era

Straight Talk
Media and Politics in a Post-Truth Era

Thursdays: August 24, 31 and September 7
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. each week
Shaw Hall, Younts Conference Center, Furman University

Registration is required. To register, click here.

Cost for the entire series (3 events): $35
Cost for the entire series (3 events) OLLI members: $25
Cost for a single event: $15
Free for Furman students, staff, and faculty register by calling 864-294-2998

Questions: Call 864-294-2998

Moderated by Dr. Danielle Vinson, media and politics specialist and professor of politics at Furman University

You may have heard that medical marijuana cured Jimmy Carter’s cancer. And that the CEO of Chobani brought crime, tuberculosis, and migrant rapists to Idaho. Did you also hear that Donald Trump once said that Republicans were America’s dumbest group of voters?

In the digital era, spreading made-up news and propaganda is easy--and often profitable. Why is it that false stories are shared so frequently and believed by so many of us? What does this say about the future of real journalism, fact-based news and how the public understands our politics and policies? 

Join us for three Thursday evenings in August and September as we examine the rise of fake news and propaganda and why we are so easily duped, how these false stories impact politics and real news, and what we can do to fight back against the constant barrage of misinformation. 

The Summer Series is presented by The Riley Institute at Furman
and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Furman