Critical Thinking Symposium: Truth and Misinformation in Media

Florida State University | April 1 – 4, 2019


Monday, April 1

Presidents, Reporters, and Commentators: Nourishing Media’s Political Narratives

Dr. Allan Louden, Wake Forest University, FSU Road Scholars Series Speaker
1:30pm
Strozier Bradley Reading Room

Allan LoudenAllan Louden is professor of communication at Wake Forest University and was named a Resident Scholar at the Wake Washington Program in 2018. He is an expert on Argumentation Theory, Political Communication and Debate, and is a frequent commentator for TV and newspapers during election cycles.

Fake News Jeopardy

1-5pm
Strozier Library

Stop by and win prizes by identifying credible sources in this competitive quiz event!


Tuesday, April 2

Fake News Jeopardy

11am-2pm
CARE

Stop by and win prizes by identifying credible sources in this competitive quiz event!

Deepfakes: A Brief Introduction to Faked Videos

Presentation by Dave Rodriguez
11am-12pm
Strozier Scholar’s Commons Instruction Room

This session will explore how “deepfakes” (or, AI-generated synthetic videos) entered the mainstream media and how librarians, archivists and citizens are coping with a world where audio-visual records of reality can be altered falsified and used for nefarious ends.

Roundtable Discussion: Teaching in a Post-Truth Culture

Facilitators: Leslie Richardson and Jen Bartman from the Center for the Advancement of Teaching
2:30pm-4pm
Westcott 201

When it’s becoming increasingly difficult for students—and citizens—to decide what to believe, our responsibilities as college faculty have never been more pressing: If we don’t teach our students to think critically, who will? In this roundtable discussion, we will explore and discuss our current “post-truth” culture, our beliefs about the role of a university in such a time, and what this role means for our teaching, including how we might prepare our students to be savvy citizens and critical consumers of information. All faculty, postdocs, and teaching assistants are welcome to join us for a timely discussion and light refreshments.

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Escape the Fyre Festival

3pm-7pm
Strozier Library

Team up and use your knowledge of pop culture to fact-check the Fyre Festival! Sign up your team of 3-6 for a 30 minute game time slot by emailing Nikki Morse at nmorse@fsu.edu.


Wednesday, April 3

Workshop: Detecting Deceptive Data and Statistics in the News

Presented by Jesse Klein
10:30am-12pm
Strozier Scholar’s Commons Instruction Room

Examine real news stories and learn to identify bad statistics, manipulated numbers, inappropriate comparisons, and distorted graphs in the media.

Fake News Jeopardy

10:30am-1pm
Market Wednesday, Legacy Walk

Stop by and win prizes by identifying credible sources in this competitive quiz event!

Where Do You Get Your News?

10:30am-1pm
Market Wednesday, Legacy Walk

Interactive questions hosted by the Oglesby Union Board.

Escape the Fyre Festival

11am-3pm
CARE/Thagard Building
Classroom 211

Team up and use your knowledge of pop culture to fact-check the Fyre Festival! Sign up your team of 3-6 for a 30 minute game time slot by emailing Nikki Morse at nmorse@fsu.edu.

Faculty Panel: Critical Thinking Across Contexts

Panel Presentations with Q&A / Moderated by Jonathan Daso
2pm-3pm
Strozier Library Bradley Reading Room

In this panel, three faculty from across the university will discuss how they support critical thinking in the unique contexts of their disciplines and beyond. Arienne Ferchaud, from the School of Communication; Richard Morris, from the School of Communication Science and Disorders; and Marlo Ransdell, from the Department of Interior Architecture and Design will each give a brief talk about their teaching, followed by a Q&A and discussion with the audience.

TA Panel: Critical Thinking in Lower Division Classes

Panel Presentations and Q&A
Program for Instructional Excellence (PIE) Associates:
Vivianne Asturizaga (Music), Jeff Conley (Economics), Kate Hill (Biology), Amanda Kowalosky (Psychology), and Joshua Tanis (Music).

3:30pm-5pm
Strozier Library Bradley Reading Room

A panel of experienced TAs from various disciplines will discuss how they encourage and embed critical thinking in their courses. There will also be time for question and answers.

Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required.


Thursday, April 4

Dig Deeper: Fact Checking, Critical Thinking and Political Rhetoric

Keynote Speaker: Glenn Kessler
Doors 1:30 / Lecture 2:00pm
Nancy Smith Fichter Theater in Montgomery Hall

Glenn KesslerVeteran diplomatic correspondent Glenn Kessler writes “The Fact Checker” column for The Washington Post and washingtonpost.com. Almost on a daily basis, he probes and examines the statements of political figures and diplomats, trying to discern the truth behind the rhetoric. If the statement falls short, Kessler explains why and awards as many as four “Pinocchios” to the offending party.

This lecture will be available to livestream here should you be unable to attend in person.


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