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Stand for Racial Justice Workshop Series: Navigating a Polarized World
November 17, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
But I Heard It on TikTok: Media Literacy
and Why You Should Be an Information Skeptic
Meagan Fowler, Assistant Professor/Librarian, Metropolitan Campus
Nancy Weissman, Professor/Librarian, Westshore Campus
Monday, Nov. 8 | 2-3:30 p.m. | MLA Studio 101*
Information inundates us every day. From television
to social media, video gaming to electronic advertising,
the list is truly endless. All of this information is created
with the purpose of influencing you. Media literacy
is the key to understanding the true meaning behind
Explore the concept of media literacy and learn
how to more effectively engage with the information
you encounter on a daily basis — and become a more
discerning and responsible consumer (and producer)
in the process.
Emotional Intelligence and Conflict Resolution
Jessica McLaughlin, Assistant Professor, Psychology, Metropolitan Campus
Ty Olson, Program Manager, Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies, Western Campus
Wednesday, Nov. 10 | 2-3:30 p.m. | MLA Studio 101*
In these polarizing times, it can be difficult to know how
to interact with someone whose worldview differs from
your own. Learn how emotional intelligence, conflict
resolution and engagement can help you constructively
navigate difficult conversations while still taking a stand.
Spin Zones and Echo Chambers
Derrick Williams, Professor, Speech Communications, Metropolitan Campus
Monday, Nov. 15 | 2-3:30 p.m. | Virtual event
The average person gets their news and information
from sources that are comfortable and familiar to them.
But one of the risks of relying on sources you already
agree with is that you may find yourself in an echo
chamber — a place where opposing ideas are not
considered, or sometimes even welcome.
Discover how echo chambers and spin zones perpetuate
the polarization of politics, opinions and positions and
learn strategies for avoiding or escaping from them in
order to become a better consumer.
Statues, Fascists and Memory: The Use and Abuse of History
Matthew Phillips, Assistant Professor, History, Metropolitan Campus
David Redles, Professor, History, Western Campus
Wednesday, Nov. 17 | 2-3:30 p.m. | WHTC 158*
The past matters. It informs every discussion of every
social tension we experience. Yet our understanding of
the past is not set in stone. Often, especially when it’s
part of political discourse, history exists in the realm
of imagination or mythology — a way for people to
validate their own points of view, raise themselves up
and lower others. How do we separate myth from real
historical analysis? Is it possible to develop a nuanced
understanding of the past that bypasses bias and helps
us better navigate the present?
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