Category Archives: Special Events

Fake News: Question everything

Venn diagram of false information on social media and web

On Thursday October 29, from 12:00 to 1:00, the Library will present the final program of its three-part webinar series on fake news and how to resist it in research. In this week’s webinar, Fake News: Question everything, Dr. Stephen Perry, Robert Schwarzwalder, and CBN News Director Rob Allman will discuss fake news in the media and how CBN addresses it from a Christian perspective. Q&A will follow the presentations. Click here to register and receive a Zoom link to participate.

Image source: Meel, Priyanka and Dinesh Kumar Vishwakarma. “Fake News, Rumor, Information Pollution in Social Media and Web: A Contemporary Survey of State-of-the-Arts, Challenges and Opportunities.” Expert Systems with Applications 153, (2019;2020;): https://tinyurl.com/yyc4xcwb

Fake News: Trust no one

On Wednesday, October 21 from 1:00 to 2:00, the Library will present the second of its three-part series of webinars on the phenomenon of fake news and how to protect oneself from being its victim.

In this week’s webinar, Fake News: Trust no one, Dr. Micah Mattix and Dr. William Brown (English & Communication), Dr. Markus Pfeiffer (Communication) and Librarian Ann Moriarty will discuss how fake news is created and strategies to recognize and combat it.

  1. Dr. Micah Mattix – Bias and rhetorical devices
  2. Dr. Markus Pfeiffer – Tools used to create fake news; falsification of digital resources (manipulative)
  3. Ann Moriarty – Lateral reading, peer review; CRAAP/EPIC
  4. Dr. William Brown – Recognizing information counterfeits (propaganda, misinformation, and disinformation or hoaxes)

A Q&A opportunity will follow the presentations.

The event will be held on Zoom and is open to Regent students, staff, and faculty. To register, click here.

Image source: McCarthy, Niall. “Where Exposure To Fake News Is Highest .” Digital image. June 14, 2018. Accessed October 18, 2020. https://www.statista.com/chart/14265/where-exposure-to-fake-news-is-highest/

Fake News: Is anything true anymore?

On Thursday, October 15, the Library will present the first of a three-part series of webinars on the phenomenon of fake news how to protect oneself from being a victim.

In the first webinar, Fake News: Is anything true anymore? professors of English & Communication Dr. William Brown and Dr. Micah Mattix and librarian Harold Henkel will discuss the history and nature of fake news and where it is encountered:

  1. Dr. William Brown – The phenomenon of fake news (history and evolution)
  2. Dr. Micah Mattix – What is the nature of true news and how is journalism susceptible (report/opinion bleed)
  3. Harold Henkel – How it is disseminated (where are you most likely to encounter fake news)

A Q&A opportunity will follow the presentations.

The event will be held on Zoom and is open to Regent students, staff, and faculty. To register, click here.

Image source: https://www.statista.com/chart/18540/responsibility-for-spreading-disinformation/

Special film event: The Biggest Little Farm

What happens when a Los Angeles filmmaker and a professional food writer decide to buy a ramshackle farm and attempt to grow crops and animals in complete harmony with nature? The result is an astonishingly beautiful documentary about the fulfillment of a promise to live a life of meaning and purpose.

Join the Library and Professor of Film & Literature Pete Fraser for a screening and discussion of Christian themes in The Biggest Little Farm. As an optional  literary complement, we will also discuss parallel themes in the film with Willa Cather’s short story “Neighbour Rosicky.” The full text of “Neighbour Rosicky” is available free from Project Gutenberg. It is not necessary to read the story to attend the screening or discussion.

The event will take place on Monday, March 2 at 7:00pm in the Library Auditorium. Admission is free and no RSVP is required. For more information or a PDF of “Neighbour Rosicky,” contact Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu.

Holocaust survivor Irving Roth to speak at the Library

On Thursday, February 6, the Regent University chapter of CUFI (Christians United for Israel) and the Library will host Holocaust survivor Irving Roth. Mr. Roth was deported to Auschwitz 1944. There he endured starvation and slavery, with the daily fear of being “selected” for death as being too weak to work. In January 1945, he survived the death march to the Buchenwald concentration camp, where he remained imprisoned until the camp’s liberation by the U.S. Army that April.

Now 90 years old, Mr. Roth devotes much of his time to speaking with young people and college students in the hopes that they will resolve that the history of Nazism will never be repeated.
The event will begin at 5:45 p.m. with fellowship and a light snack. The lecture will begin at 6:00.