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Mis and Disinformation: What it is, why we believe it, and how we can be better

October 4 @ 6:00 pm 7:30 pm

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Join Wake Forest University librarians, Rosalind Tedford and Hu Womak, in a conversation about how conspiracy theories and lies shape our world and how we can all be smarter consumers of information. The event will be held Tuesday, October 4 at 6 pm. This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome.

This talk will focus on three aspects of the mis/disinformation ecosystem. First, we will talk about what mis- and disinformation is, and how it works online. Next, we will look at our own psychology and see why humans are so susceptible to believing and spreading misinformation, and how to spot the tactics used by others to take advantage of us. Finally, we will look at some concrete ways everyone can be better consumers of information and more responsible online citizens. 

About the Speakers

Rosalind Tedform has her BA (Psychology/English) and her MA (English) from Wake Forest University and her MLIS from UNC-Greensboro. She has been a full-time staff member at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library since 1994 and currently serves as the Director for Research and Instruction Services. In addition to managing the research and instruction programs at Wake Forest, she teaches for-credit information literacy courses and is the liaison to the Politics and International Affairs department.

Hu Womack (he | him) is an Outreach and Instruction Librarian in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 1990 with a BA in English and Studio Art. Hu received his MBA from the Babcock School at Wake Forest in 2000 and completed his MLIS degree from UNC-Greensboro in 2008. He currently serves as a member of Research, Instruction Services team, teaching for-credit courses in the library’s information literacy program, and serving as the library liaison to the Sociology and Communication departments.

If you have questions about this program, please email Sarah Soleim, Manager of Community and Academic Learning, at soleims@wfu.edu.

Wake Forest Historical Museum

414 N Main Street
Wake Forest, North Carolina 27587 United States
919-556-2911
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