How to Spot Fake News: Feb. 6

How do you know what you’re reading is real news? Have you been duped without realizing it? Reputable media are accused of twisting the truth: who should you trust? Cornell librarian and news expert Michael Engle will share best practices for assessing the news in the Feb. 6 Dinner Conversation Series hosted by the Ithaca Coalition for Unity and Cooperation in the Middle East (ICUCME), a local non-profit founded in 2015.

The evening will begin at 6:00 pm with a vegetarian potluck. “How to Spot Fake News” will take place at the Just Be Cause Center, 1013 W State St, Ithaca. The event is free but donations are always welcome.

“It’s hard to have reasonable conversations without being aware of how the news may have been deliberately shaped to influence your opinion,” said Linda Glaser, chair of ICUCME. “Michael Engle will offer us tools to assess what we hear and read so we can be more informed consumers of information. Then we’ll get to hear wonderful music by MidEast Eclectic, so we’re looking forward to a great evening.”

ICUCME is a grass-roots anti-racist community organization working to bring a constructive approach into dialogue about Israel and the Greater Middle East. As a non-partisan organization, ICUCME embraces fact-based, respectful dialogue, mutual recognition, and cooperation to promote understanding and support peace in the region.

The Dinner Conversation Series is held on the first Tuesday of every month. Previous events include discussions on Islamophobia and antisemitism, human rights education, the moral imperative, and teaching tolerance. For more information, email ithacacucme@gmail.com.