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Toronto Information Session & Learning Symposium - Tuesday, March 7, 2017

5:30PM to 8:30PM March 7, 2017
Renaissance Toronto Downtown Hotel
1 Blue Jays Way
M5V 1J4 Toronto

At Royal Roads University, we know everyone has something to share and there’s huge value in open discussions. Our online and on-campus programs create an environment where everyone works together to achieve success. At RRU, you learn from everyone in your program – not just your instructors. Join us in Toronto on Tuesday, March 7th to see our difference in action.

Following the general information session, we are pleased to bring you a learning opportunity from Dr. David Black, Associate Professor from the School of Communication and Culture who will provide an engaging discussion on Fake News, Gaslighting, and Alternative Facts: How to Think Clearly in a Post-Truth World.

Event Details

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Registration Starts at 5:00 pm in the Raptor Room
Information Session: 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm
Break: 6:15 pm - 6:30 pm
Presentation: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Informal Networking: 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Light appetizers and refreshments will be provided. Bring a friend and join the conversation.

Royal Roads University brings you Dr. David Black, Associate Professor, School of Communication and Culture

Fake News, Gaslighting, and Alternative Facts: How to Think Clearly in a Post-Truth World

Recent developments relating to the nature and reliability of facts and truth have made ancient philosophical questions—what do we know and how do we know it?-- into today’s headlines. Phenomena like “fake news,” “alternative facts,” “gaslighting,” ‘truthiness,” and “conspiracy theory” now leave many people wondering what facts and truth mean anymore in what some call a “post-fact” or “post-truth” world.

Arising from activities and events as varied as climate change denial and the anti-vax movement, Russian government propaganda efforts in the U.S. and various European elections, or the presidency of Donald Trump, these phenomena taken together might lead reasonable people to question their sanity. However, this combined lecture and workshop will argue that fact, rationality, and truth are more resilient than we imagine—and that, in understanding the attacks upon them, we can do our part to preserve them and save ourselves.

Drawing on philosophy and media theory, as well as key sources about the “post-fact” and “post-truth” era, this presentation will explain what these phenomena and this moment in time mean in the context of Western history and ideas, and in relation to journalism as well as norms pertaining to political discourse and public communication. It will then explore some interactive case studies with the audience in a workshop format, and conclude by offering some suggestions for how we all might cope with and resist this perplexing “new normal.”

Dr. David Black is a faculty member of the School of Communication and Culture at Royal Roads specializing in the study of theory, politics, history, and global issues as these relate to communication, media and culture. He is the author of a book, The Politics of Enchantment: Romanticism, Media and Cultural Studies, as well as a number of articles and book chapters.

Come and bring your thoughts for a lively and engageing discussion! Read more about David here: RRU Bio