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Fake News: Susan Campbell to Deconstruct Timely Topic

February 20 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave
New Haven, CT 06510 United States

“Fake news” is nothing new. In 1806, Thomas Jefferson sued The Hartford Courant for libel. He lost. According to Susan Campbell, Jefferson’s ploy was a bogus suit by a president fed up with the news coverage he was receiving. Campbell, a columnist for The Hartford Courant, will deconstruct contemporary news coverage in a free presentation “Fake News: Citizens—Arm Yourselves!” at the New Haven Museum. The inclement weather date is February 27.

The event concludes a year-long initiative by Connecticut Humanities, “Fake News: Is it Real? Journalism in the Age of Social Media,” created to facilitate a statewide conversation about why people are distrustful of news, how technology is changing information consumption, and how citizens can better evaluate news sources.

Campbell will share tips for discerning fake news from real, particularly on social media platforms like Twitter. She’ll also give reasons for optimism.

Following Campbell’s presentation, staff from the Connecticut Historical Society, Connecticut’s Old State House, Fairfield Museum, New Haven Free Public Library, and Prospect Public Library will highlight results from the Fake News projects they held with funding from Connecticut Humanities. Projects ranged from lectures putting the relationship between the press and the government into historical context to a series of workshops to help educators, high school students and the general public navigate contemporary and historic issues and events in the news.

A compilation video of works created by media students at Middlesex Community College and journalism students at Capital Community College will also be shown, including interviews exploring where people get their news from and their perceptions of the media today.

The “Fake News” program is part of the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils. The initiative seeks to deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed citizenry.


February 20
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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New Haven Museum
114 Whitney Ave
New Haven, CT 06510 United States
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