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[VIRTUAL] Misinformation and the Election in Wisconsin: A #WhatToExpect2020 Town Hall

“Ballot Application Enclosed” envelope with blue overlay as backdrop; on top: “PEN America #WhatToExpect 2020, Misinformation and the Election in Wisconsin, A What To Expect 2020 Town Hall”Join PEN America, the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, the Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, All Voting is Local Wisconsin, and Wisconsin Conservation Voters for a live town hall with trusted journalists in conversation about what voters in Wisconsin can expect from the upcoming November election. With misinformation being a constant threat, communities across Wisconsin are relying on local and community news organizations to receive the most up-to-date and accurate election information. Join us to meet some of the journalists doing this important work. If you plan to tweet about the event, follow us on Twitter at @penamerica and use the hashtag #WhatToExpect2020.

This virtual conversation is free and open to the public. We encourage community members to come prepared to ask journalists and election experts any questions about voting in the upcoming election in Wisconsin.

Please confirm your registration at the Zoom link below. For more information, contact Grace Linczer, Civic Engagement Consultant, at [email protected].



Howard Hardee is the election integrity reporter at the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and a local fellow with the international journalism nonprofit First Draft News. He most recently was a reporter at the Wisconsin State Journal. He has written extensively about government, natural disasters, and forest health in Northern California, and was a 2017 Environmental Reportage fellow at the Centre for Arts and Creativity in Banff, Alberta.

Kathleen Bartzen Culver is an associate professor in the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Journalism & Mass Communication, the James E. Burgess Chair in Journalism Ethics, and director of the Center for Journalism Ethics. Long interested in the implications of digital media on journalism and public interest communication, Culver focuses on the ethical dimensions of social tools, technological advances, and networked information. She combines these interests with a background in law and free expression. Culver was the founding education curator for MediaShift, where she helped advance innovation in journalism curricula and courses, and a visiting faculty member for the Poynter Institute for Media Studies.

Anjali Bhasin is Civic Engagement Director at Wisconsin Conservation Voters where she works on reducing institutional barriers to voting, leads a large-scale voter registration project focused on communities of color, and works with the Native Vote program. She works in collaboration with other organizations to protect against voter suppression and make sure historically marginalized groups have their voices heard. Bhasin is deeply passionate about civic engagement and committed to ensuring that all individuals – particularly those disproportionately impacted by voter suppression – have fair and equal opportunities to vote. She has pursued this passion for many years as a librarian and now as Civic Engagement Director.


Peter Burress is All Voting is Local’s Wisconsin Campaign Manager. Prior to joining the campaign, Burress worked as a special assistant for the Urban Affairs Association. In his roll, Burress supported development of the Association’s 47th, 48th, and 49th annual conferences in Minneapolis, Toronto, and Los Angeles. Recently, Burress also worked for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he led the curriculum development, facilitation, and assessment of a student social justice leadership development workshop series. Burress holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and organizational leadership from Carroll University, a master’s degree in urban studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Edinburgh.

This event is part of PEN America’s #WhatToExpect2020 initiative, which we launched this fall to empower voters to understand the uniqueness of the 2020 election, inoculate the public from the threats of disinformation, and build awareness of the electoral process.

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