Returning to a Branch near You in 2018: News, Blues and How to Defuse Workshops
As citizens we have to be more thoughtful and more educated and more informed. I turn on the TV and I see these grown people screaming at each other, and I think, well, if we don't get our civility back we're in trouble. – Emmylou Harris
Hopefully, you haven’t lost your civility yet, and let’s keep it that way. Our popular workshop series “Hot Topics: News Blues and How to Defuse” is returning to library branches in 2018. You are welcome to attend one session or all five.
Take a glimpse of one of the earlier sessions (video).
These interactive workshops are facilitated by experts from George Mason University’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution and Fairfax County librarians. Each session features a slightly different look at media literacy and how to promote civil dialogue on controversial issues. Attend all five and you’ll have a toolbox for dealing with fake news and pursuing civil discourse. No registration needed for any of the workshops.
Monday, January 29, 7-8:30 p.m.
George Mason Regional Library
Monday, February 26, 7-8:30
Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library
Thursday March 29, 7-8:30
City of Fairfax Regional Library
Tuesday April 24, 7-8:30
Tuesday May 29, 7-8:30
Herndon Fortnightly Library
No registration required.
Can’t make it to any of the sessions? Pick up – or download – some recent titles and steel yourself for continued constructive conversations, online or in person, about topics safe (favorite local burger joint?) and sensitive (religion, politics, toilet paper over or under?).
Check with your local library staff for more tips and resources on effective communications and determining authenticity of information.
Weaponized Lies: How to Think Critically in the Post-Truth Era, by Daniel J. Levitin
A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age, Daniel J. Levitin
The Chicago Guide to Fact-checking by Brooke Borel
Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most by Douglas Stone