Events to celebrate community diversity, educate about political violence, fake news


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State is hosting three events on the University Park campus over the next week to celebrate the diversity of the campus community and provide educational opportunities about political violence, fake news and discerning facts about the fiction.

On Tuesday, October 18, Joan Donovan, Research Director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, will present “Doing It for the Content: Understanding Political Violence and Far Right Organizing from Fashion to Fascism.” Donovan will highlight the political violence and agitation tactics used by far-right groups to shape media narratives and provoke a response in the press and on social media that will amplify their cause.

The conference, scheduled for 6 p.m. in the Freeman Auditorium at the HUB-Robeson Center. Donovan’s speech will also be streamed live here.

At 6 p.m. on Monday, October 24, award-winning journalist Al Tompkins, who is now Senior Professor for Broadcast and Online at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, will present a free public lecture addressing challenges for journalists, the importance of truth and continued. Tompkins, one of America’s most sought-after journalism and multimedia professors, will present “Fighting Truth Decay: How and Why Fakers Fake” at the HUB-Robeson Center’s Freeman Auditorium.

Also on Monday, October 24, all members of the Penn State community are encouraged to attend “Together We Are” from 6-10 p.m. at the HUB-Robeson Center. Hosted by the Penn State Student Programming Association with help from the college community, “Together We Are” will be a celebration with music, performances, free food, and other activities to educate and immerse attendees in the different cultures, identities and communities on campus.

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