Join journalist and author, Anna Merlan, for an online presentation and live Q&A.
Conspiracy theories have always been a factor in the public discourse of the United States and many other countries. But the past four years have shown the new power that lies and disinformation have, especially electoral and medical conspiracy theories. As we move forward, what role should we expect those types of disinformation and lies to play in our discourse? And how — if at all — can we fight them?
About the speaker:
Anna Merlan is a journalist specializing in politics, crime, religion, subcultures, and women’s lives. Merlan is a reporter at the Special Projects Desk, the investigative division of Gizmodo Media Group. She was previously a senior reporter at Jezebel and staff writer at the Village Voice and the Dallas Observer. Learn more about her 2019 book, Republic of Lies American Conspiracy Theorists and their Surprising Rise to Power.
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