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Student Event: What’s True, What’s False, and Why it Matters

Virtual October 20, 2021 at 7:00 pm ET Undergraduate and Graduate Students

It’s almost impossible today to avoid misinformation, conflicting messages, and the influence of social media algorithms. Our crisis of knowledge — known as the epistemic crisis — continues to grow and its effects are far-ranging: without some shared truths and reliable ways to seek them, trust in places like universities and journals is eroding; polarization is increasing; and the ways we relate in our democracy are being threatened.

Justin McBrayer, Professor of Philosophy and Assistant Dean at Fort Lewis College and author of Beyond Fake News, will address the epistemic crisis. He will explore how bad the problem is, when and where it originated, how it affects higher education, and present advice for navigating an informationally polluted environment. There will also be ample time for Q&A.

This event is open exclusively to undergraduate and graduate students.

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