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Exposing Fake News: But it is not What You Think

Leana Hosea

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A Knight Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan, Ms. Hosea was a BBC 
correspondent for twelve years, one of the most trusted news organizations in the world with a worldwide audience of forty million people. Ms. Hosea spent almost three years based in the Middle East. She covered the Arab Spring from day one in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and the uprisings in Libya and Yemen. Ms. Hosea also covered the war in Gaza and the massacre of Muslim Brotherhood supporters. She mentions she respects her colleagues and the work they do, but even the BBC is not immune to political pressures. In the U.S., Ms. Hosea is making a film on access to clean water and environmental justice. As part of her film, she was at the Standing Rock Camp, where media workers faced felony charges for covering events. Ms. Hosea is also working in Flint and the Navajo Nation, where people’s water was contaminated.

This presentation will provide insights based on her experience as a BBC correspondent on how certain subjects were covered, or not covered, and why.

This is the first in OLLI’S distinguished lecture series for 2017-18. A variety of topics will be covered. There is one lecture each month, for a total of ten. The next lecture will be on October 10, 2017. The subject is Redistricting in Michigan and Other States: Should Politics Choose the Voters?
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  • $10 for an individual lecture, payable at the door, checks preferred. $25 for 5 lectures through January, or $50 for all 10 lectures through June, or $165 for an all-lecture package (10 distinguished lectures plus 33 Thursday lectures).

When and Where

Washtenaw Community College, Towsley Auditorium in the Morris Lawrence Building. 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor, MI

September 2017

10:00am - 11:30am

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