Democracy Conversation Series

Democracy Conversation Series

The current climate of political polarization has created deep uncertainty about the discourses and practices that uphold democracy in the United States. The Democracy Conversation Series will bring Lane faculty and invited experts into conversation about democratic values and principles as they relate to current topics and events. The series will explore how civic discourse inside and outside the classroom is impacted by challenges to democratic values, and aims to increase the LCC faculty’s confidence in addressing, facilitating discussion of, and building curriculum around democratic values. 

Schedule:


"Exploring the Misinformation Landscape" 

Thursday, Feb. 2, 3-4:15 p.m. 

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Join news literacy expert Alexa Volland of the News Literacy Project to talk about “Exploring the Misinformation Landscape.” In this session, participants will learn how to teach students to move beyond the unhelpful term “fake news” to more precisely identify the many types of misleading, inaccurate, and false information that they encounter. We will explore motivations behind different types of propagators of misinformation and learn fact-checking basics to help encourage student learning. By teaching a deeper understanding of misinformation, students can become less susceptible to it and more likely to prioritize reliable, verified sources of news and information.

Alexa Volland is NLP’s senior manager of educator professional learning. Prior to joining NLP in August 2022, she was the youth programming manager for The Poynter Institute’s digital media literacy initiative, MediaWise. There, she specialized in fact-checking, social media mis- and disinformation and connecting with young audiences. While at MediaWise, Alexa served as the editor of the Teen Fact-Checking Network, a student-led newsroom that produces fact-checking videos for social media. She came to NLP with both newsroom and classroom experience, having worked in local journalism at the Tampa Bay Times and as a journalism teacher in St. Petersburg, Florida. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Florida.

All are welcome, and part-time faculty may use in-service hours to attend. 

Register here to receive the Zoom link.

 

"Banned Books and Higher Education" 

Thursday, March 2, 2 p.m. 

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In this session, PEN America's Jonathan Friedman will discuss the impact of book bans on higher education. 

Jonathan Friedman, Ph.D., is the director of free expression and education programs at PEN America. He oversees research, advocacy, and education related to academic freedom, educational gag orders, book bans, and general free expression in schools, colleges, and universities. 

All are welcome, and part-time faculty may use in-service hours to attend. 

Register here to receive the Zoom link.