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[VIRTUAL] Navigating the First Amendment & Misinformation

Join PEN America for an engaging session on the First Amendment, misinformation, and free speech in the digital age.

The January 6 insurrection has prompted many questions about free speech, the effect of online misinformation, and how society should approach defending against the harmful results of the proliferation of false content online without infringing upon First Amendment rights. Mis/disinformation and free speech issues are integrally linked and an intersection of civics education too often overlooked.

In this webinar, we’ll review PEN America’s FAQs on free speech and the Capitol Hill insurrection; break down the nuances of the First Amendment; and explore how community leaders, librarians, and others can use the events to inspire civil dialogue. We will also address the role that disinformation has played in polarizing Americans’ perspectives, deconstructing a shared sense of reality, and inciting violence. We know these conversations—though vital to a democratic society—are never easy, so we’ll offer some helpful tips for engaging in tense and divisive dialogue based on our research and tip sheets.

Please confirm your registration at the Zoom link below. For more information, contact Hannah Waltz at [email protected].


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