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Un-Deceptions: A Cervantine Take on Truth in the Disinformation Age

Presenter: David Castillo, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures

While disinformation may be as old as humanity, spreading lies is exponentially easier in our media environment. At its core, the vulnerability of the “information market” stems from the blind trust that the market itself enjoys as the neutral guarantor of democratic freedoms, particularly at a time when “market values” have come to govern just about every aspect of our lives. The very notion that the market (whether the market of goods or the market of information) is a level playing field has proven to be a dangerous liability. My talk will ask the question how should/could the Humanities address these pressing issues of our time? I take my cues from Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616), the inventor of a critical form of fiction that teaches his readers to navigate his disinformation-plagued world (and possibly our own).

This presentation will be both in person and on Zoom. There is a limit of 15 people in-person. All others will be encouraged to watch online.

The Zoom link will be included in the email reminder all registrants will receive the day before the event.

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
North Campus
  Digital Scholarship  

Registration is required. There are 25 seats available.

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Phone: 716-645-0774

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