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Fake News and Civic Education: Engaging the Next Generation of Voters, Readers, and Media-Makers

  • The Sockman Lounge at the Interchurch Center 61 Claremont Avenue New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)
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The nearly yearlong Challenges and Opportunities in 2020 Election Series is a forum for academics, journalists, and others to comment on the issues at stake in the 2020 presidential election, and related topics front and center in American politics and society. The series fosters interdisciplinary conversations that explore undercurrents and themes affecting the upcoming election and the integrity of—and trust in—our democratic institutions.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration required.

Join an interactive afternoon with presentations on:

Lamboozled! | A news literacy game for adolescents.

Ioana Literat, Assistant Professor of Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design at Teachers College, Columbia University

Podcasting and Translating Research | Stemming the tide of misinformation about issues that impact civic engagement.

Lalitha Vasudevan, Professor of Technology and Education Director, Media and Social Change Lab at Teachers College, Columbia University

Media Literacy and Younger Children | Curricular perspectives.

Haeny Yoon, Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at Teachers College, Columbia University

Detra Price-Dennis, Assistant Professor in Elementary Inclusive Education at Teachers College, Columbia University


Todd Gitlin, Professor of Journalism and Sociology and Chair of the Ph.D. program in Communications at Columbia University

Nonprofit media literacy organizations will have volunteer tables at the event to help attendees learn more about ways to get involved.

About the Event Sponsors

THE AMERICAN ASSEMBLY fosters public conversations that lead to more just, equitable, and democratic societies.  It does so by bringing research to bear on public problems, by creating new resources for public understanding, and by strengthening the forms of trust and deliberation that make democracy work. For more information, visit:

THE ACADEMY OF POLITICAL SCIENCE, founded in 1880, promotes nonpartisan, scholarly analysis of political, social, and economic issues by sponsoring conferences and producing publications. Published continually since 1886, the Academy’s journal, Political Science Quarterly, is edited for both specialists and informed readers with a keen interest in public and international affairs.  For more information, visit:

With additional support from the Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics (INCITE).