RSA Durham: Critical thinking in an age of disinformation and fake news - RSA

RSA Durham: Critical thinking in an age of disinformation and fake news

Fellowship events


Ushaw College, Durham

  • Deliberative democracy
  • Fellowship
  • Fellowship in Action
  • Technology

This month, RSA Durham are joined in conversation with guest Fellows Stéphane Goldstein and Jane Secker. Join us as we explore with Stéphane and Jane, the relationship we have with ‘information’ as citizens, as learners, as consumers. Faced with a relentless deluge of information and data, much of it of dubious provenance, how well equipped are we to sift through it, be discerning about it, think critically about it, as well as to share it, use it ethically and create it?

Information literacy, digital literacy, data literacy, media literacy, news literacy and critical literacy are all closely aligned concepts that can help us to address such questions, which are of fundamental societal importance.

This event will be an opportunity to discuss with Stéphane and Jane why these literacies matter, and what can be done. We will consider how public policy and practice is starting to address these challenges, particularly in the UK, and reflect on whether policy-makers are up to the task.

We will also consider: whether and how the competencies and know-how associated with these literacies can be taught; how they fit or do not fit in the school curriculum; and the role of librarians and information professionals.

18.00 – Refreshments served and networking
18.30 - Event starts with introduction by Network Lead (Pauline Moger)
19.45 – Closing comments from Stéphane and Jane, followed by networking
20.00 – Event ends


This event is free to attend and all are welcome. To register for a ticket for this event, please follow the 'Book Now' link above.

If you have any access requirements or require any reasonable adjustments, please let the team know: [email protected]. Please also let us know if you have any dietary requirements or severe allergies.


Location: Ushaw College, Durham, DH7 9RH

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