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Museum After Dark: CANCELLED The Media and the Mid-Term Elections

November 15, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Fairfield Museum Fake News Project

This program is cancelled due to inclement weather and will be rescheduled at a later date.

A panel of journalists and professors, moderated by Larry Rifkin, will examine the state of journalism and news consumption today and in the recent mid-term elections, with an emphasis on role of the media and being an informed citizen in the digital age.

Panelists include Daniela Altimari, statehouse reporter at The Courant, Dr. Jocelyn Borczka, Associate Professor of Politics, Fairfield University, and Steven Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning multimedia photojournalist and associate professor of visual journalism at the University of Connecticut and Ebong Udoma, senior political reporter for WSHU. 

Fairfield Museum Fake News PanelDaniela Altimari is a statehouse reporter at The Courant. A staff writer at the paper since 1996, she has covered murders, school board meetings, the plight of the American shopping mall, a war between rival pizza makers, presidential debates, two $50 million U.S. Senate campaigns and the struggle to bring gay marriage to Connecticut.

Dr. Jocelyn M. Boryczka is Associate Vice Provost for Scholarly, Creative, and Community Engagement and Professor of Politics at Fairfield University, and Editor of New Political Science: A Journal of Politics & Culture. She is a feminist political theorist who examines gender, sex, and sexuality through an intersectional lens to advance social justice particularly for the most vulnerable peoples in the United States and globally. Dr. Boryczka’s current book project is Globalization & Sex (Rowman and Littlefield). Her other books are Suspect Citizens: Women, Virtue, and Vice in Backlash Politics (Temple University Press, 2012), and Jesuit and Feminist Education: Intersections in Teaching and Learning in the Twenty-first Century (Fordham University Press, 2012) with Prof. Elizabeth Petrino. Dr. Boryczka has been honored with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Visions Award 2015, the Connecticut ACE Women’s Network award for Distinguished Academic Woman in Higher Education Leadership Award 2014, and the 2006 Alpha Sigma Nu Best Teacher of the Year Award. She regularly travels to and works with educators at Loyola High School in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Fairfield Museum Fake News PanelLarry Rifkin was the chief programming executive for Connecticut Public Television for over a quarter-century, overseeing the production of state and national productions, which amassed nearly 50 regional Emmy Awards over that period. During his tenure, he developed The Connecticut Experience series of documentaries in partnership with the Connecticut Humanities Council, covering a broad sweep of Connecticut history and politics. In 2006, Mr. Rifkin was inducted into the Boston-New England Emmy Silver Circle for lifetime achievement. He now hosts and produces the podcast America Trends (americatrendspodcast.com) on emerging developments in our society and politics. The 2-part episode on Fake News is available here: https://www.rifkinradio.com/audio1/fakenews1.mp3?ref=new_window

Steven G. Smith is a Pulitzer Prize-winning multimedia photojournalist and associate professor of visual journalism at the University of Connecticut. For more than 25 years, Steven G. Smith’s images have graced the pages and the airwaves of the most prominent media organizations, including The New York Times, Time, USA Today, ABC News, National Geographic Channel, ESPN The Magazine, U.S. News and World Report, CNN, Public Broadcasting Service, Time.com, Smithsonian Magazine, the Associated Press, MSNBC.com, and Life. Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize four times, Smith won the award in 2002 as part of a group of photographers who contributed to a large photo essay on the Colorado Wildfires for The Rocky Mountain News.

Fairfield Museum Fake News InitiativeAs WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year. In addition to providing long-form reports and features for WSHU, he regularly contributes spot news to NPR, and has worked at the NPR National News Desk as part of NPR’s diversity initiative. Ebong has covered presidential visits and high profile political races such as former wrestling executive Linda McMahon’s two unsuccessful bids for the U.S. Senate. He has also reported on several state and municipal corruption trials in Connecticut, including one that led to the resignation of former Governor John Rowland.

This program is presented with thanks to Connecticut Humanities, a non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities that provides opportunities to explore the history, literature and the vibrant culture that make our state, cities and towns attractive places to live and work. It is also part of CTH’s year-long exploration, “Fake News is it Real? Journalism in the Age of Social Media,” and the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” Initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils. The initiative seeks to deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed citizenry.  We thank The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership. Learn more by visiting cthumanities.org.


November 15, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Fairfield Museum
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, 06824 United States
(203) 259-1598


Fairfield Museum
(203) 259-1598


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