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Museum After Dark: The Press & Politics Today

January 29, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Fairfield Museum Fake News Project

Rescheduled from November 15
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 Hartford Courant, Dr. Adam Rugg, Assistant Professor of Communication, Fairfield University, and Ebong Udoma, senior political reporter for WSHU.

Fairfield Museum Fake News PanelDaniela Altimari is a statehouse reporter at The Hartford 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. Adam Rugg is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Fairfield University. He received his M.A. from the University of South Florida and his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. His research interests include examining the effect of social media and emerging technological platforms on information consumption. In particular, he looks at the ways in which news consumption habits are created and maintained in a digital world and how those processes can be manipulated or infiltrated by misinformation and bad actors.

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

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.


January 29, 2019
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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