By Andrew Petter | Published by The Vancouver Sun
SFU Public Square’s 2019 Community Summit: Full Program
Wednesday, April 10
A SPECIAL PHILOSOPHERS’ CAFÉ – 11 a.m.
The SFU Philosophers’ Café invites people of all ages to an open and inclusive discussion about lies and mistruth in the modern age.
COMPETING VISIONS OF CLIMATE POPULISM – 4 p.m.
Shane Gunster (SFU), Bob Neubauer (SFU) and Paul Saurette (University of Ottawa) lead a discussion on how ecological populism and extractive populism compete in shaping the national debate about climate and energy.
INNOVATIONS IN RESEARCH – 7 p.m.
This dynamic evening will showcase SFU researchers and innovators who are designing solutions to confront the disinformation age.
Thursday, April 11
IS SOCIAL MEDIA DESTROYING DEMOCRACY? – 7 p.m.
Four expert debaters will explore this question and give you their best arguments before you cast a vote and decide the winner.
Friday, April 12
WORKING TOWARD AN INCLUSIVE DIGITAL SOCIETY – 10 a.m.
This forum will address practices, challenges and possibilities for digital literacy education in communities of all income, ability, health, gender and race.
Monday, April 15
MEDIA, MISINFORMATION AND WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT IT – 12 p.m.
A workshop for journalists and citizens to co-create recommendations for coverage and best practices that can help shape how stories are told leading up to Canada’s 2019 federal election.
Tuesday, April 16
FACE TO FACE(BOOK) WITH CHRISTOPHER WYLIE – 12 p.m.
Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie will lead a student-only conversation on digital threats and strategies for reasserting control.
AN EVENING WITH DAVID FRUM, SUE GARDNER, AND CHRISTOPHER WYLIE – 7 p.m.
Leading thinkers David Frum, Sue Gardner and Christopher Wylie will discuss how information is being co-opted, monetized, and polluted in the public conversation.
Wednesday, April 17
YOUTH TAKE ACTION: DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP DAY – 9 a.m.
This full-day workshop for high school students is designed to supplement B.C.’s Digital Literacy curriculum.
THE PHILOSOPHY OF FAKE NEWS – 7 p.m.
Philosophers Endre Begby (SFU), Jennifer Nagel (University of Toronto), Regina Rini (York University), grapple with how disinformation threatens our democratic institutions.
Thursday, April 18
WHEN FACTS FAIL: MUNICIPAL POLICY IN THE DISINFORMATION AGE – 12:30 p.m.
This SFU City Conversation asks if we are trending toward a future in which public policy is overwhelmed by exaggeration, falsehood, and outrage.
FABRICATING MEANING – 1 p.m.
An archeologist, Dr. Eldon Yellowhorn, and a physicist, Dr. J. Steven Dodge, consider how language and narratives work to shape perceptions.
For all details, including locations and tickets, visit www.sfu.ca/publicsquare/2019summit.
This article was originally published by The Vancouver Sun on April 5, 2019.