This speaker series is sponsored by OSU Libraries; OSU Press; OSU Ethnic Studies; and the School of History, Philosophy and Religion.


Peter Laufer, April 27, 3:00-4:00 p.m., Willamette Rooms, The Valley Library

“Alternative Facts” 

In this age of instant news and “alternative facts,” information consumers need easy-to-follow rules for sorting out truth from lies. Award-winning journalist and University of Oregon Journalism Professor Peter Laufer comes to the rescue with Slow News: A Manifesto for the Critical News Consumer, which is published by OSU Press. Inspired by the Slow Food movement, Slow News offers a timely antidote to “fake news.” With 29 simple rules for avoiding echo chambers and recognizing misinformation, Laufer’s manifesto is an idea guide to these challenging times.


Trischa Goodnow, May 3, 3:00-4:00 p.m., Willamette Rooms, The Valley Library

“Fake News is the New V.D.: Verbal Deception as a Means of Manipulation”

Noted Presidential Rhetorical scholar, Kathleen Hall Jamieson has coined the phrase “verbal deception” to better describe what has popularly become known as fake news. By changing the name of the phenomenon, Jamieson attempts to warn audiences of the real danger in fake news. In this lecture/discussion, OSU Professor Trischa Goodnow will attempt to unpack the ways in which fake news or verbal deception are being used in the current political climate to manipulate audiences. Once these methods have been unpacked, the lecture will provide a simple solution to the problem: logic and reason. 

Katherine Hubler, May 11, 3:00-4:00 p.m., Willamette Rooms, The Valley Library

“Der Stürmer, Fake News, and the Making of the ‘Jewish Criminal’ in Nazi Germany”

While it is well known that National Socialist propaganda frequently spread fake news about European Jews, few Nazi publications were as belligerent and unrestrained in their antisemitic attacks as Der Stürmer (The Stormtrooper). Published by Julius Streicher between 1923 and 1945, Der Stürmer notably perpetuated the myth of Jewish criminality by soliciting public slander about German Jews—in the form of readers’ letters—and passing it off as fact. With its lurid imagery, reader-sourced content, and public visibility (the paper was available to read at no cost in public display cases), Der Stürmer prefigured contemporary methods of fomenting bigotry and spreading misinformation. Katherine Hubler, Ph.D., is an instructor and Ecampus coordinator with the OSU School of History, Philosophy and Religion. 

Patricia Sakurai, May 18, 3:00-4:00 p.m., Willamette Rooms, The Valley Library

“Manufacturing 'Military Necessity’: Japanese American Internment during World War II”

On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 which ultimately resulted in the internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans living on the West Coast. Forty years later, the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians found that the internment "was not justified by military necessity" but instead was the result of “race prejudice, war hysteria and a failure of political leadership.” In this talk, OSU Associate Professor Patricia Sakurai will consider the particular convergence of misinformation, political and business interests, news media, and longstanding anti-Asian sentiment and legislation that sat just below the surface of assertions of “military necessity” during the period. 

Posted - April 01, 2017