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November 8, 2018
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Time Details:
Starts at 6 PM
Large Meeting Room
120 S Last Chance Gulch
Helena, MT 59601
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Megaphone, Microphone or Transformation: The Power of the Press

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Megaphone, Microphone, or Transformation: The Power of the Press in the Age of "Fake News" and White Nationalism

Thursday, November 8 at 6 PM
Large Meeting Room, Lewis & Clark Library

When charges of “fake news” and “alternative facts” become part of the public narrative, determining credible media sources can be challenging. The media also finds itself grappling with how to cover white nationalism and white supremacy in objective and critical ways that don’t just result in elevating and repeating offensive rhetoric that demonizes certain community members. There is no doubt that the current news culture impacts our communities in many ways. Join Humanities Montana "Informed Citizen" panelists and Montana Human Rights Network Research Director Travis McAdam as he moderates a discussion and Q&A on these issues.

Panelists for the event are:
  • Kathy Best, Editor at the Missoulian 
  • Shanti Johnson, project coordinator at the Mike and Maureen Mansfield Center in Missoula.
  • David McCumber, Editor at the Montana Standard 
  • Dennis Swibold, professor at the University of Montana School of Journalism

This program is being held in conjunction with the “Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate” art exhibit at the Holter Museum of Art. The exhibit transformed 4,000 white supremacist books acquired by the Montana Human Rights Network into art pieces that speak to the dangers of white supremacy, racism, anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry. This panel is sponsored by the Montana Human Rights Network and the Lewis & Clark Library and Humanities Montana.