Fake News & American Media History

Public invited to guest lecture on fake news and the history of American media in HIST 389: The History of the Election of 2020

Monday, November 2, 2020 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM
Online Location, https://gmu.zoom.us/j/91213843117

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Amidst tremendous political polarization in the United States, partisans along the political spectrum have cried "fake news" at media coverage that casts their candidate or cause in an unfavorable light. In his talk, GMU Associate Professor of History Sam Lebovic will help us examine the recent history of media and its role in preserving (or undermining?) American democracy. 

Professor Lebovic is an historian of American politics and culture, with particular interests in mass media, democracy, political economy, and the role of the U.S. in the world. He is the author of Free Speech and Unfree News: The Paradox of Press Freedom in America, which won the Organization of American Historians Ellis W. Hawley Prize for best book on the history of the political economy, politics, or institutions of the U.S. from the Civil War to the present.

HIST 389: The History of the Election of 2020, taught by Prof. Meredith Lair, examines the historical contexts and antecedents of major issues in the presidential election. Students have recently examined the design and function of the American electoral process, the history of American suffrage, the African American Freedom Struggle, the history of policing, civil military relations, the #MeToo Movement, and the history of global pandemics. Subsequent units will examine immigration, the US Postal Service, and climate change.

You're Invited! The public is invited to join Prof. Lair's students for Lebovic's talk via Zoom at the link or call-in number below.

HIST 389: The History of the Election of 2020: "Fake News & American Media History"

Monday, November 2, 3:00-4:15 PM EST

Join Zoom Meeting: 

  • Online: https://gmu.zoom.us/j/91213843117
  • Dial in phone number: 301-715-8592
  • Meeting ID: 912 1384 3117