Dates: Monday November 29 and Tuesday November 30, 2021
Location: Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, WI

Title/Presenter(s) Day/Time Description/Virtual Session Links Location
The What, Why, and How of Information Privilege

Paula Ganyard
Monday 10:35‑11:00am In this session learn WHAT information privilege is and WHY we should care it exists, and then join the discussion on HOW the University can take steps to address it. 1st Floor, Fort Howard Hall
Teaching the History and Literature of the Holocaust: A Roundtable Discussion of an Interdisciplinary Approach to Holocaust Studies

Mark Karau, Valerie Murrenus-Pilmaier, Tabatha Zwicky, Cari Mattson, and Charles Kriescher
Monday 10:35‑11:30am This is a roundtable discussion of our HUM 483: The History and Literature of the Holocaust Learning Community with perspectives from the instructors and students. We feel that this course is transformative for both its content, interactive nature, & reflection on who determines what "true" means.

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Virtual / 1st Floor, Studio One
Games, Truth, and Social Justice

Juli Case, Bryan Carr, and Chris Williams
Monday 10:35‑11:30am This panel will explore the relationship between games, social media disinformation, and the resulting harm done to individuals and social justice movements. Particular attention will be paid to the Gamergate harassment campaign and links between described "gamers" and misinformation campaigns. 1st Floor, Jean Weidner Theatre
Data‑driven insights into mental health: alleviating misinformation and stigma

Herb Covington, Lissa Balison, Laverne Melon, Ian Maze, Emily Newman, and Theresa Weise 
Monday 11:05‑12:05pm Efforts to recognize and care for mental illnesses are vastly improving. Yet depictions through media, social networks, and politics often remain inaccurate, feeding a paucity of empathy and self-care. Evidence-based discussions about mental illness are vital to a process of change. Join us!

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Virtual / 1st Floor, Fort Howard Hall
Art and Lies ‑ Truth in Storytelling

Rebecca Meacham, David Coury, and Thomas Campbell
Monday 11:40‑12:35pm Artists are a bunch of liars, right? This panel examines truthiness in artistic expression from three disciplinary angles: literature, film, and theatre. When it comes to art, we examine definitions of truth, truth vs. fiction, an audience's role in examining artistic work, and why it matters. 1st Floor, Jean Weidner Theatre
Instructor Perspectives on Managing Information, Misinformation and Democracy in the Classroom

Moderator: Sam Mahoney

Panelists: Preston Cherry, Christin DePouw, Lisa Lamson, JP Leary, Brian Merkel, Valerie Murrenus-Pilmaier, and Jessica Warwick
Monday 11:40‑12:35pm Instructor panelists will address questions around information literacy in the classroom. Topics will include managing class dynamics around controversial topics, helping students distinguish between "safety" and "comfort" in class discussions, and dispelling misinformation and misconceptions.

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Virtual / 2nd Floor, Signature Lounge
Learning Truth or Myth Game

Game Host: Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges 
Monday 12:10‑12:35pm We will play a live game of Learning Truth or Myth with T/F questions about how we learn and our cognitive functioning backed up with empirical evidence. The game will be played live with teams of 3 of undergraduates, graduate students from SEPP, Psychology faculty, and non-Psychology faculty. 1st Floor, Fort Howard Hall
Social Media: Truth, Perceived Truth and the Death of Truth

Gaurav Bansal and Dinesh Yadav 
Monday 12:45‑2:05pm The overload of information on social media has created a big gap between truth and the perceived truth. We will discuss how our cognitive biases and the nature of social media prevent us from realizing the truth. Such an understanding can help us to separate information from lies and falsehoods. 1st Floor, Jean Weidner Theatre
The New Enthusiasm: Plato, Poetry, and Democracy

Xan Bozzo
Monday 12:45‑2:05pm In this talk I will suggest that what's happening in this country is more fundamental than populism, tribalism, or fascism: it's enthusiasm. I will consider the role of enthusiasm in Plato's rejection of democracy, its reemergence in the Enlightenment, and its manifestations today in social me 1st Floor, Studio One
Digital Privacy and Your Personal Data

Jodi Pierre
Monday 12:45‑1:20pm Learn about the kinds of information people share about themselves in everyday life, often without realizing it. Consider who collects that data, how they obtain it, and what they do with it. Leave with suggestions you can use to protect your own digital privacy. 1st Floor, Fort Howard Hall
Who do You Believe?: Theatre Takes on Truth

Rebecca Stone-Thornberry, Alan Kopischke, John Mariano, Tom Campbell, Alyssa Rettke, Autumn Johnson, Ava Brewer
Monday 2:15‑3:35pm Prior to the session, access the 90-minute play reading recorded by 3 Theatre department professors and 3 students depicting an increasingly contentious and frustrating series of encounters in the professor's office. We'll examine each section and the varying interpretations of belief and truth. 1st Floor, Fort Howard Hall
Legislator Panel Discussion

Moderator: Aaron Weinschenk 
Monday 2:15‑3:35pm Panel discussion led by Professor Weinschenk. Area legislators will respond to questions about the current state of democracy.

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1st Floor, Studio One
Building Your Post‑Truth Tool Box

Renee Ettinger
Monday 3:45‑4:20pm Join librarian Renee Ettinger for a discussion about the importance of information and media literacy. She will present an overview of the UW Green Bay Libraries’ curated list of some of the best ready-to-use news, information, and media literacy curricula currently available. Her discussion will include strategies for infusing this content into your teaching, to help your students be more effective knowledge constructors, digital citizens, computational thinkers, and empowered learners.

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Keynote: The Truth is Out There-Conspiracy Theory and History

Clif Ganyard
Are we living in an age of conspiracy theories? With the prevalence of conspiracy theories – from COVID-19 to QAnon to “white replacement” to 9/11 – it may seem like we do. Dr. Ganyard will discuss conspiracy theories from an historical perspective and consider what, if anything, is different about our contemporary “post-truth” world.

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Virtual / 1st Floor, Fort Howard Hall
Generating Powerful Data to Neutrally Inform Policy Decisions: An Exploration of Non-Advocacy Research

Emily A. Vogels, PhD
Pew Research Center
Tuesday 9:30‑10:05am Pew Research Center is a non-partisan, non-advocacy think tank that does nationally representative public opinion polling on a variety of topics. Learn how the Center approaches research on social media regulation, censorship & inaccurate information and how these data are used by lawmakers.

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Virtual / 2nd Floor, Signature Lounge
The Changing Landscape in US Higher Education and the Decline of Male Student Enrollment and the Impact on Inclusivity

Melvin Arthur Johnson
Tuesday 9:30‑10:50am The educational landscape in the United States is changing. Fewer people going to colleges and universities now. But coupled with that decline, another change or challenge is the rapidly declining number of males entering and graduating from colleges in the US.

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1st Floor, Fort Howard Hall
We Are Your Bad Art Friend: Writers on Storytelling and Truth

Julialicia Case, Tara DaPra, and Rebecca Meacham
Tuesday 9:30‑10:50am The New York Times sensation “Who is the Bad Art Friend?” examines the ethics of using others’ stories. How do writers use the literal truth to inform their storytelling? Which truths (if any) are off limits? And what happens when writers blur the line between fact and fiction?

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1st Floor, Jean Weidner Theatre
"It's Funny Because It's True": Truth and Power in Public Discourse

Jennie Young and ENG 312 (Humor Writing)
Tuesday 10:15‑10:50am We will discuss how humor is recruited to disseminate and interrogate political discourse.

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2nd Floor, Signature Lounge
"Bread, Knowledge, and Freedom": Victorian Food (In)security and Other 1840s Human Rights Struggles

Rebecca Nesvet, ENG335: Literary Eras - The Hungry 40s
Tuesday 11:00‑12:20pm Britain and Ireland, the 1840s saw battles over the human right to food, which Victorians connected to struggles for knowledge, suffrage, and other human rights. Students will present original research on the history, literature, and mythology of the "Hungry 40s" and its modern resonances.

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1st Floor, Fort Howard Hall
Monuments, Critical Race Theory, and the Teaching of History

Moderator: Clif Ganyard

Panelist: Heidi Sherman, Mark Karau, David Voelker, and Jillian Jacklin
Tuesday 11:00‑12:20pm Recently, there have been calls for the removal of confederate or imperialist statues as well as criticisms of Critical Race Theory and its role in schools. This panel will examine the impact these developments have had on how history is and may be taught.

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Virtual/1st Floor, Jean Weidner Hall
Rashomon Effect: Truth as Perceived Reality

Dinesh Yadav
Tuesday 11:00‑11:35am Our observation, understanding, and reporting of a reality is an outcome of contested interpretation of events. Subjectivity in our perception is a result of situational, social and cultural differences. I will discuss contextual interpretation of reality as truth with reference from film Rashomon 1st Floor, Studio One
Truth, Trust, and a Better Tomorrow

David Louzecky
Finding the facts, free of political contamination, requires the continual and fearless sifting and winnowing by which alone the truth can be found. Ploughing through complex experimental design and data collection to harvest the common good, requires trustworthy experts and institutions.

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Virtual / 2nd Floor, Signature Lounge
Launch of GB Media, a new multi‑media platform 

Chuck Rybak, Bryan Carr, Kate Farley, Ryan Martin and Joseph Yoo
Tuesday 12:30‑1:50pm This informational session will describe the plans for the launch of GB Media, as well as encourage people to get involved.

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1st Floor, Jean Weidner Theatre
Disinformation and the Crisis of Human‑Caused Climate Disruption

David Voelker
The scientific consensus about human-caused climate change has been well established for decades, yet the world has made little progress on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. What roles have misinformation and disinformation played in obstructing meaningful action?

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1st Floor, Fort Howard Hall


Cultivating Antibodies for Propaganda

Phillip G. Clampitt  
Tuesday 2:00‑3:20pm 1) History of Propaganda, 2) Current Propaganda Ploys, 3) How to Create Antibodies, 4) So What?

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Virtual / 2nd Floor, Signature Lounge
Music of Tribute, Music of Truth

Adam Gaines and Michelle McQuade Dewhirst
Tuesday 2:45‑3:20pm This recital presents music that reflects two contrasting interpretations of the Common CAHSS theme. Adam Gaines will share tributes to heroes of American democracy composed by Amy Dunker, and Michelle McQuade Dewhirst will perform a work inspired by the search for personal truth by Alex Shapiro.

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1st Floor, Fort Howard Hall
ENG431: Shakespeare, Co-Author? Quantitative Analysis vs. Literary Myth

Rebecca Nesvet, ENG431: Shakespeare
Tuesday 3:30‑4:50pm Shakespeare is often described as a unique genius, whose works are instantly recognizable because they are better than those of his contemporaries--but really, did he collaborate with some of those forgotten writers? Join us for some literary myth busting with a cool tool: literary stylometry. 1st Floor, Jean Weidner Theatre
Better Critical Thinking Won't Help (Much) with the Misinformation Problem

Kyle Whitaker
Tuesday 3:30‑4:50pm A common response to the misinformation problem infecting American democracy is to decry the inability of most people to think critically. If this is indeed a major reason that so many are susceptible to misinformation, then the solution is to train people better. Unfortunately, that won't help.

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Virtual / 1st Floor, Studio One