Between partisan news, filter bubbles, and pundits-for-hire, media literacy and critical thinking are more important than ever.
We are pleased to partner with New York TImes best selling author and Tarbell.org founder Wendell Potter, UT's CCI, School of Information Sciences and School of Journalism and Electronic Media for a deep dive into the rise of fake news, the truth of search engines, the impact of nonstop breaking news, the decline of critical thinking and what we can do about it.
Limited seating available. Please register for all events you'd like to attend.
Sunday, July 23
Documentary Screening & Discussion:
Merchants of Doubt (PG-13, 2014) - FREE
2:00 at the East Tennessee History Center
A documentary that looks at pundits-for-hire who present themselves as scientific authorities. Directed by Robert Kenner. Moderated by Jesse Fox Mayshark.
Thursday, July 27
Lunch and Learn: East Tennessee in the Headlines - FREE
Noon at East Tennessee History Center
Jack Neely looks back at major events in East Tennessee and how the word got out about each. Pre-order a bag lunch, bring your own, or just drop in and have a listen.
Opening Reception and VIP Dinner - $35
5:00 - 7:00 at the East Tennessee History Center
Join us for dinner and an intimate conversation wtih Wendell Potter.
An Evening with Wendell Potter at the Historic Bijou - FREE
7:00 - 9:00 at the Historic Bijou Theatre
New York Times best-selling author, former corporate public relations executive and, once again, a journalist. A Tennesseean by birth who earned UT's highest honor of Torchbearer, Potter has covered Congress, the White House and Supreme Court for Scripps-Howard newspapers. After a long career in public relations in the health insurance industry, he had a crisis of conscience in 2008 and blew the whistle on a corrupt industry in his book, Deadly Spin. His latest book is Nation on the Take. He is the founder of Tarbell.org.
A book signing will follow the presentation.
Friday, July 28
Symposium Sessions - FREE
8:00 - 5:00 at the East Tennessee History Center
If you can't make it for a full day, feel free to pop in for individual sessions. Be sure to register as space is limited!
- 8:00 - Breakfast and Registration
- 9:00 - Welcome Remarks
- 9:15 - How We Interact with the Internet & How It Interacts with Us
Presenter: Diane Kelly, PhD - UT's CCI, School of Information Sciences
- 10:30 - Evolution of News
Presenters: Catherine Luther, Lori Amber Roessner, and Nick Geidner, UT's CCI, School of Journalism and Electronic Media
- Tracing the roots of fake news and alternative facts in American journalism
- Impact of technology and corporate ownership on the quality of news
- How the rise of social media and use of big data have affected the spread of fake news
Break for lunch--bring your own or try downtown fare!
- 1:15 - Fake News, Consumer Information/Profit Driven News and Confirmation Bias
Presenter: Wendell Potter, NYT best selling author and founder of Tarbell.org
- 2:30 - Pushing the Boundaries of the First Amendment
Presenter: Scott Barker
- 3:45 - A Return to Critical Thinking: Solutions - all presenters
Partners and sponsors
In partnership with Wendell Potter and Tarbell.org, UT's College of Communications, School of Journalism and School of Information Sciences, and Friends of the Knox County Public Library Made possible by the Jane L. Pettway Foundation and the Knox County Public LIbrary Foundation.