In today’s world, we have endless information at our fingertips, but it is increasingly difficult to “get the facts” and feel confident in our sources. This may be the ultimate paradox of the modern age. What is at the root of this problem? Is it the polarization of our politics? Is it the democratization of media ushered in by the internet? Is it simple human nature? Will this get worse or is there a way to correct it?

Join fellow UW alumni and friends online as we talk with as we talk with UW expert Dhavan Shah ’89 about the spread of fake news and the real importance of responsible journalism. The talk will be moderated by Mike Knetter, president and CEO of the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association.

Dhavan Shah ’89 is the Louis A. & Mary E. Maier-Bascom professor at UW–Madison, where he is director of the Mass Communication Research Center and scientific director in the Center for Health Enhancement System Studies. Housed in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication with affiliated appointments in Industrial and Systems Engineering, Marketing, and Political Science, his research focuses on the influence of electronic and digital media on social judgments, civic engagement, and health support. Shah has developed three major lines of inquiry, with his most recent work extending insights and techniques from his prior examinations of the influence of message construction and online interactions on political life to the development and deployment of digital technologies for individual and community health.


A recording of this livestream will be available on uwalumni.com after the event.

Speakers and schedule are subject to change.

This event is hosted by the Wisconsin Alumni Association®.