Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Office: 8:30–4:30 M–F. Branch hours vary.

TTY 711

12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 324
Fairfax, VA 22035

Jessica Hudson,

Fighting Fake News with Critical Thinking and Civil Discourse

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
Kingstowne Library

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.