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Learn to Discern:

Media Literacy Skills Building Workshop

2019-01-12 12:00:00 2019-01-12 16:00:00 America/New_York Learn to Discern: Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library

Saturday, January 12
12:00pm - 4:00pm

Add to Calendar 2019-01-12 12:00:00 2019-01-12 16:00:00 America/New_York Learn to Discern: Come join Barrett Branch Library and IREX to learn how to detect and build resilience against misleading information, emotional manipulation, and "fake news." Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library

Come join Barrett Branch Library and IREX to learn how to detect and build resilience against misleading information, emotional manipulation, and "fake news."

Misinformation and disinformation have emerged in recent years as one of our most urgent and challenging problems. In the United States, these issues are increasingly complex, amplified by a broadly accessible and rapidly evolving digital media landscape, political polarization, and a loss of trust across institutions such as the government, science, and the news media. 

Learn to Discern is an interactive training and skills building approach to media literacy education that addresses emotional responses to news and information and teaches the latest critical information consumption and disinformation detection skills. 

Registration is limited to 15 participants. Register here

A nonprofit organization committed to global development and education, IREX has focused on people and communities since 1968. With an annual portfolio of $90 million and 400 staff worldwide, IREX works with partners in more than 100 countries in four areas essential to progress: empowering youth, cultivating leaders, strengthening institutions, and extending access to quality education and information. We work with partners around the world to increase people's ability to engage with vibrant information, strengthen independent media, and broaden access to quality education.

IREX first implemented its Learn to Discern approach to counter highly sophisticated disinformation campaigns in Ukraine. We are now piloting the curriculum in the United States with local communities and journalists.

Contact Megan at mzimmerman@alexlibraryva.org for more information.

AGE GROUP: | Adults |

EVENT TYPE: | Special Event |

TAGS: | Workshop | Skill building | How-To | Fake news |

Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library

jcahill@alexlibraryva.org
Phone: 703.746.1703
Fax: 703.746.1708

Hours
Mon, Mar 25 1:00PM to 9:00PM
Tue, Mar 26 10:00AM to 9:00PM
Wed, Mar 27 10:00AM to 7:00PM
Thu, Mar 28 10:00AM to 7:00PM
Fri, Mar 29 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Sat, Mar 30 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Sun, Mar 31 1:00PM to 5:00PM

About the library

Parking: No library parking lot.  Street parking is available.  A paid parking lot is available on the 100 block of North Alfred Street. 

Public Transit:

  • Metrorail: Yellow and Blue lines at Braddock Road (1 mile) and King Street Stations (1.1 miles). 
  • Metrobus: 10A, 10B, 10E, 11Y
  • DASH Bus: AT2/AT5/AT8
  • King Street Trolley:  King & Columbus

Upcoming events

Canceled
Fri, Mar 29, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Would you like to practice speaking English? Join our new ESL class every Friday from 4:30-5:30 pm. Participants should have at least an intermediate understanding of English.

Second Floor
Sat, Mar 30, 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Filmmaker Freida Mock covers the story that brought workplace sexual harassment to the forefront and shines a light on the courageous African-American woman who shouldered this pivotal responsibility.

Second Floor
Mon, Apr 01, 7:15pm - 8:30pm
Anthropology professor Leslie Walker looks at the concept of race in the United States.

Second Floor
Thu, Apr 04, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Join Barrett Branch’s knitting and crochet group to make welcome blankets for new immigrants and refugees.

Second Floor
Fri, Apr 05, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Would you like to practice speaking English? Join our new ESL class every Friday from 4:30-5:30 pm. Participants should have at least an intermediate understanding of English.

Second Floor
Sat, Apr 06, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Join local artist and teacher Laura Hummel to make your own masterpiece - either a family tree or book with a photo you bring. Register at awilliams@alexlibraryva.org or call 703-756-1713.

First Floor
Mon, Apr 08, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Join Barrett Branch Library's monthly book club to read the All Alexandria Reads selection "It's All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World's Family Tree" by A.J. Jacobs.

Second Floor
Sat, Apr 13, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Join oral historian Anne Bolen as she teaches how to share and preserve family recipes and cooking knowledge from one generation to another. To register: 703-746-1713 or awilliams@alexlibraryva.org

Second Floor
Tue, Apr 16, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Challenge your family to a fun night of family-related games. (Ages 12+)

Tue, Apr 16, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
The Alexandria Library has a Friends of the Library group at each branch. The Barrett Friends meet the third Thursday of the month at 7 pm at the library at 717 Queen Street.

Second Floor
Mon, Apr 22, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Learn about Highland Beach, Maryland - a historically black beach community along the Chesapeake Bay that was founded by the son of Frederick Douglass.

Second Floor
Tue, Apr 23, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
In this one-hour workshop, Michael Sicheri, travel advisor for Cruise Planners, will demystify the logistics of your family get together to make it a memorable and enjoyable occasion.