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University Lecture Series

University Lecture Series

Designed to create a campus-wide conversation, the University Lecture Series gives first-year students an opportunity to interact with leading members of our faculty—scholars, scientists, and civic leaders who are nationally and internationally renowned. All students, faculty, alumni, staff and community guests are invited, but the events will be aimed at entering first-year students. The series is funded by the Audre and Bernard Rapoport Excellence Fund for Undergraduate Studies.

Upcoming Lecture Series

Wednesday, Feb. 22
7-8 p.m.
Why Real Journalism and Fake News Should Matter to Millennials – Prof. Paula Poindexter

Born in the 1980s and 1990s, Millennials are the largest, most educated, and most diverse generation. Millennials are also the generation that is least likely to get news and the news they get may be fake and not produced by real journalism. This lecture will, therefore, provide insight into the difference between real journalism, which seeks to inform, and fake news, which seeks to deceive, and why Millennials should care. Additionally, the implications of the deception methods of gaslighting and alternative facts that have emerged since the presidential election will be discussed.

A journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin, Paula Poindexter is the author of Millennials, News, and Social Media: Is News Engagement a Thing of the Past? and News for a Mobile-First Consumer. She has been a TV news reporter and co-producer at Houston’s NBC-affiliated station, KPRC-TV and she has worked as a manager and executive at the Los Angeles Times. As the 2013-2014 president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Poindexter founded News Engagement Day, a national event held the first Tuesday every October to encourage news engagement and understanding about the principles and process of real journalism. As a year-round complement to News Engagement Day, Poindexter established the online Center for News Excellence and Engagement, a program of AEJMC. Poindexter is also the co-founder of Millennials and News, a Facebook page with news curated daily from trusted sources.

Save the Date

Tuesday, Mar. 21
7-8 p.m.
Bob Dylan: The Next Generation – Prof. Tom Palaima, Michael Chaiken, & Tom Staley
Texas Union Theatre

Tuesday, Apr. 11
7-8 p.m.
Engineering the Body’s Ability to Heal Itself – Prof. Laura Suggs
Texas Union Theatre

View all of the upcoming University Lecture Series events or view archived ULS events.