Telling the Truth in a Post-truth World
A multi-event symposium of topics crucial to an open democratic society.

Telling the Truth In a time when “fake news” and “post-truth” have become common phrases, the New York State Writers Institute at the University at Albany is taking a look at what it really means to tell the truth.

The symposium -- “Telling the Truth in a Post-Truth World” -- will take place September 22, October 6 and October 12-14, in Page Hall on the Downtown Campus.

The event will feature panel discussions and movies, culminating in a two-day seminar on journalism, media and democracy.

A total of 30 panelists from the worlds of journalism, literature, law and history are slated to attend, including Bob Schieffer, moderator of three presidential debates and former anchor of CBS Evening News; Kurt Andersen, author of Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History; Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!; CNN presidential historian Douglas Brinkley; Bill Keller, former executive editor of The New York Times; Kelley Vlahos of The American Conservative and political writer for More information.

Fall 2017 Events Schedule

Madeline Thien and Peter Ho Davies
October 3 (Tuesday):
Madeleine Thien and Peter Ho Davies, award-winning novelists
Seminar — 4:15 p.m., Standish Room, Science Library
Reading — 8:00 p.m., Huxley Theatre, NYS Museum,
Cultural Education Center, Albany

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Complete Fall 2017 Visiting Writers Series and Fall 2017 Classic Film Series listings

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NYS Writers Institute announces the addition of two new staff members
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