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Penn State To Host Three Events In Opposition To Controversial Speakers Starting October 18

Penn State will host three events to celebrate diversity and educate on issues including fake news, the truth, and political violence on Tuesday, October 18, and Monday, October 24, the university announced on Sunday.

The events are being offered in opposition to an event taking place on campus featuring controversial speakers on Monday, October 24.

At 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18, in the Freeman Auditorium, Joan Donovan, research director of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy, will discuss political violence and agitation tactics used in order to create responses in the media. The presentation is titled “Doing It for the Content: Understanding Political Violence and Far Right Organizing from Fashion to Fascism.” The talk will also be streamed online.

Journalist and senior faculty member at the Poynter Institute Al Tompkins will host a lecture titled, “Fighting Truth Decay: How and Why Fakers Fake,” from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, October 24, in the Freeman Auditorium. In his talk, Tompkins will highlight the importance of truth in journalism.

The Student Programming Association (SPA) will also host “Together We Are” from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday, October 24, in the HUB. The event will feature music, food, activities, and student performances to showcase different cultures and backgrounds.

All three events are free, and members of the Penn State community are encouraged to attend.

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