Wednesday, September 16, 2020 | 5 - 6 p.m.
Misinformation, Disinformation and "Fake News"
Misinformation, disinformation and so-called "fake news" have always been part of our media landscape. What has made these phenomena so troubling in the 21st century is the amplification effect of the internet, especially social media. This discussion will address the issue of misinformation, disinformation and "fake news," as well as what, if anything, can be done about them consistent with the First Amendment. Panelists are Prof. Eric Easton , Jasmine McNealy , and Sandy Banisky, J.D. '93 . Moderating the discussion is DeWayne Wickham , distinguished professor and founding dean of the School of Global Journalism & Communication at Morgan State University.
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 | 5 - 6 p.m.
Civil Disobedience, Democracy and Structural Racism: What's Federalism Got to Do with It?
Part of the Examining Structural Racism segment of the UB Law in Focus Discussion Series
Protests, marches and demonstrations–signature acts of a democracy–have exploded in areas around the country. Demonstrators call for a reassessment of law enforcement methods and redirecting of resources. What does federalism demand as the response to these acts of peaceful and not peaceful protests?
Our panel of UB Law faculty–Prof. Matthew Lindsay, Prof. Robert Knowles, and Prof. Odeana Neal–will consider the distinct yet overlapping areas of local, state and federal governments' relationship to historical and present-day structural racism. Our moderator will be Veryl Pow, a clinical teaching fellow at UB Law.