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Big Ideas: Bunk, featuring Kevin Young & Marlon James

Hoaxes have played a role throughout American history, from P.T. Barnum’s “humbug” to the current assertions from Donald J. Trump about “fake news.” In his book, Bunk, Kevin Young traces this history and its focus on racist stereotypes and suspicions. In this installment of Big Ideas, Kevin Young will be in conversation with Marlon James to discuss how reality has been distorted and manipulated throughout American history.

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Big Ideas is a series from the Loft that puts literature at the center of dynamic conversations and brings together readers and writers to explore ideas relevant to our society today.

This event is presented in collaboration with the College of Saint Benedict and Graywolf Press. Support comes from PEN America’s Press Freedom Incentive Fund, a resource for mobilizing communities around information access, media truth, news literacy, and other issues related to press freedom advocacy.