Friday, February 19, 2021

Event from the Horowitz Center for Health Literacy

Fact or Fake: How can I know what to believe?

Understanding and responding to information and claims about the coronavirus pandemic, racial justice protests, and the 2020 elections and their aftermath 

While the events of 2020 have overshadowed many aspects of everyday life, you may not have had an opportunity in or outside class to process your feelings and beliefs about them. A university should be the ideal space to do this work, and the UMD Center for Health Literacy wants to provide that space for faculty and students during Spring 2021. 

Starting Friday February 26th at noon, Dr. Cynthia Baur of the Horowitz Center for Health Literacy and other UMD faculty and students will meet for biweekly virtual "teach-ins" or education and discussion sessions about the events of 2020, including the U.S. elections, racial justice protests, and the coronavirus pandemic.  

As a group, we will try to understand how each of these events became so divisive, how we look for or are exposed to information on controversial topics, and how we come to form our beliefs. We hope attendees will walk away with a greater understanding of the context of each event, insight into their own information seeking habits, and steps for how to take action in your own life or community. 

Sessions: noon-1 PM through Canvas (Drop-in ok but we must pre-register you for the session you want to attend) 

Feb. 26: Kicking off the conversation on beliefs, information, and what it means to be informed  

March 12: Coronavirus pandemic

March 26: Racial justice protests

April 9: 2020 elections and aftermath 

April 23: Reflection and next steps 


To sign up for the sessions, please use this link https://forms.gle/SiaRnBW52bgXvJmS7. We will use Canvas and this form allows us to register you for the session. For more information, please contact Colleen Berk, cberk@umd.edu. You can drop in for any or all sessions.