Conferences, Seminars, Lectures

2017-04-13 00:00:02

U.S. Historian's Lecture: Fake History & Media Literacy - May 4th

May 4th, 2017, (Thursday), 16:20 hrs., in MRU's I-414 aud., American public historian Jason Steinhauer will present a lecture, "Fake History and Media Literacy."

Now during the era of fake news, there has also been a rise in fake history –  through the Internet, social media and today’s numerous communication platforms.

It is increasingly difficult to separate good history from bad. Today historians are wrestling with this new media landscape.

Historians are attempting to learn how to bring to light history to audiences beyond the academy using new platforms, while also educating citizens on what makes for good history, what distinguishes it from narratives about the past which seek to advance a political or ideological agenda.

This requires a renewed form of media literacy - one that empowers historians to understand the complexity of today’s media forms, while simultaneously instilling a historical literacy in contemporary audiences.

Steinhauer serves as the director of the Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest at Villanova University, a new center that brings historical scholarship and historical perspective to bear on contemporary global issues.

Originally from White Plains, New York, Steinhauer holds a B.A. in American Studies from The George Washington University and a Master's Degree in History and Archival Management from New York University.

Lecture in English.

All invited.