Friends Talk: Infodemic: The Pandemic of Misinformation

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The Friends of the Lehigh University Libraries invite you to join us on Thursday, November 18, 2021 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. via Zoom for Infodemic: The Pandemic of Misinformation, presented by Dr. Mariana De Maio, Lehigh assistant professor in the Department of Journalism and Communication.

The rampant spread of misinformation is a global phenomenon and poses new challenges for navigating life today. While the concept of misinformation has been around since the late 1500s, the nature of how information spreads has gone through drastic transformations over the last decade with the rise of social media and other platforms that make the dissemination of misinformation easy. We will talk about some of the most significant events that triggered misinformation campaigns in the last year and which actions citizens can take to keep well informed and fight misinformation.

About the speaker:

Professor De Maio is a political communication and journalism studies scholar. Her teaching and research interests lie in media influence on political attitudes and behavior and health behavior, digital media activism, influences in journalistic practices, and portrayals of women and other underrepresented/misrepresented groups in media.

The lecture will be followed by a Q&A session led by Boaz Nadav Manes, Lehigh’s University Librarian. This event is free and open to the public.

Please register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Sponsored by The Friends of the Lehigh University Libraries.