The Challenges in Communicating Consequential Knowledge in a World of Contested Facts and Conspiracy Theories

Session Description: This talk will explain why some deceptions matter and others don’t, why some should be debunked and others simply disregarded. It also will explore ways that the process of safeguarding consequential facts about science and politics could be improved.

Session Information: Friday, May 14, 2021, 11:45 a.m.-1:25 p.m. This is a live-streamed, online program. Registrants will receive information by email to access the program. The actual Join URL will be sent out to registrants two business days prior to the session. If you have not received it by then, please contact the Selim Center ( immediately.

Session Educator: Kathleen Hall Jamieson is the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, the Walter and Leonore Director of the university’s Annenberg Public Policy Center, and Program Director of the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands. Jamieson has authored or co-authored 16 books, most recently Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President (Oxford University Press), which won the 2019 R.R. Hawkins Award from the Association of American Publishers and was published in a revised paperback edition by Oxford University Press in June 2020. Including Cyberwar, six of the books that Jamieson has authored or co-authored have received a total of 12 political science or communication book awards (Packaging the PresidencyEloquence in an Electronic AgeSpiral of CynicismPresidents Creating the Presidency, and The Obama Victory.) She recently co-edited The Oxford Handbook of Political Communication and The Oxford Handbook of the Science of Science Communication

Jamieson is a member of the American Philosophical Society and the National Academy of Sciences, and a Distinguished Scholar of the National Communication Association. She also is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and the International Communication Association. She is a past president of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. In April 2020, the National Academy of Sciences awarded Jamieson its most prestigious award, the Public Welfare Medal, for her “non-partisan crusade to ensure the integrity of facts in public discourse and development of the science of scientific communication to promote public understanding of complex issues.” In January 2021, she was the recipient of the Benjamin Franklin Founder Award.

Fee for the session: $15.00 per person

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