Symposium to address fake news

The Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences will hold a symposium next week to examine fake news.

 

            The panel discussion will take place at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 in Rice Auditorium of Fisher Hall.

 

            Speakers are Catherine Kula, visiting assistant director of the university's Writing Center; Marietta Frank, director of Hanley Library; and Margaret Brown, instructor of mass communications.

 

            The panelists will look at the consequences of people believing that most, if not all, news is fake. They will discuss how accusations of fake news have affected the American political process and whether ubiquitous use of social media has accelerated the dissemination of fake news.

 

            Information will also be presented to help people determine whether a report is fake news.

 

            The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

 

            For disability needs related to the symposium, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at 814-362-7609 or clh71@pitt.edu.