RSA Durham event: Critical thinking in an age of disinformation and fake news

CILIP Information Literacy Group Chair Jane Secker and Advocacy & Outreach Officer Stéphane Goldstein will be the guest speakers at RSA Durham’s free event on “Critical thinking in an age of disinformation and fake news’, which will take place at Ushaw College, Durham, on Monday, October 28th, 2019.

Stéphane and Jane, who are both Fellows of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), will discuss the relationship we have with ‘information’ as citizens, as learners, as consumers. Faced with a relentless deluge of information and data, much of it of dubious provenance, how well equipped are we to sift through it, be discerning about it, think critically about it, as well as to share it, use it ethically and create it?

Jane Secker
Jane Secker
Stéphane Goldstein
Stéphane Goldstein

Information literacy, digital literacy, data literacy, media literacy, news literacy and critical literacy are all closely aligned concepts that can help us to address such questions, which are of fundamental societal importance.

This event will be an opportunity to discuss with Stéphane and Jane why these literacies matter, and what can be done. Attendees will consider how public policy and practice is starting to address these challenges, particularly in the UK, and reflect on whether policy-makers are up to the task.

Participants will also consider: whether and how the competencies and know-how associated with these literacies can be taught; how they fit or do not fit in the school curriculum; and the role of librarians and information professionals.

RSA Durham: Critical thinking in an age of disinformation and fake news

Date: Monday October 28th, 2019 at 18:00 – 20:00

Location: Ushaw College, Durham, DH7 9RH

18.00 – Refreshments served and networking
18.30 – Event starts with introduction by Network Lead (Pauline Moger)
19.45 – Closing comments from Stéphane and Jane, followed by networking
20.00 – Event ends

This event is free to attend and all are welcome. Register for a ticket for this event

If you have any access requirements or require any reasonable adjustments, please let the team know: networks@rsa.org.uk. Please also let them know if you have any dietary requirements or severe allergies.

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