2019 Speakers

The Misinformation Age: The social dynamics of “alternative facts”: why what you believe depends on who you know.

Cailin O’Connor
Friday May 3, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Catherine Cummings Theatre

Cailin O’Connor is co-author of The Misinformation Age, about “fake news,” “alternative facts,” and disputes over the validity of everything from climate change to the size of inauguration crowds. It tells us that what we believe depends on who we know. If social forces explain the persistence of false belief, we must understand how those forces work in order to fight misinformation effectively. Prof. O’Connor teaches logic and philosophy of science at the University of California, Irvine.



Emily Hanford

Friday, October 18, at 7:00 pm
McDonald Lecture Hall in Eckel Hall on the Cazenovia College


“Hard Words About How We Teach Kids to Read: What One Reporter Has Learned From Three Years Reporting Across America”

Emily Hanford is an award-winning reporter and editor who has been covering education full time since 2008. She is a senior correspondent for APM Reports, the documentary and investigative reporting group at American Public Media. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, the LA Times, NPR, PBS NewsHour, and Washington Monthly. She is the producer of the audio documentaries “Hard Words: Why Aren’t Kids Being Taught to Read?” and “Hard to Read: How American Schools Fail Kids With Dyslexia.” She is working on another documentary about reading to be released in August 2019.



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