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Book Bans and Disinformation: The Ties Between Media Literacy and the Freedom to Read

Book Bans and Disinfo

*This event will be held in the Community Showcase room on the 1st floor of the Central Branch of the Dallas Public Library.

Join PEN America and the Dallas Public Library for a lunchtime media literacy workshop and Q&A. We will begin with our classic media literacy workshop for community leaders, and then explore the connection between disinformation and other anti-democratic trends.

During the workshop, we’ll take a holistic approach to embracing the ins and outs of media literacy, which includes skills for navigating difficult conversations with those who believe it and spread. In this 60-minute workshop, we will cover the following:

  • Definition refresher: What is the difference between misinformation, disinformation, and malinformation, again?
  • How to communicate with family and friends who believe misinformation without sacrificing your own mental health
  • A day in the life of a lie: The way misinformation moves and morphs between countries and social media platforms, closed messaging apps, and radio shows
  • The psychology: How false content hacks our brains through confirmation bias, fear, and more
  • Disinformation does not exist in a vacuum: Recognizing the importance of historical and cultural contexts that are often used against targeted audiences
  • Strategies for uplifting credible, culturally attuned, in-language news and information quickly with messaging that doesn’t polarize or alienate
  • Communication strategies for expressing the value of media literacy as a leader and trusted messenger in your community



Stay tuned!