‘Truth, Fiction and Alternative Facts’ CSUMB's 2020 President’s Speaker Series begins Oct. 13

CSUMB President Eduardo M. Ochoa invites everyone to the first of the President’s Speaker Series for the new academic year. “Truth, Fiction and Alternative Facts” is a special, election-year panel discussion on October 13 about how the changing media landscape influences elections.

The moderator is Zach Friend, political communications expert and former advisor to Barack Obama and John Kerry.

Panelists include Matt Gorman, VP of Targeted Victory and former campaign advisor to Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush; Amanda Renteria, CEO of Code for America and former National Political Director for Secretary Clinton; Paulette Aniskoff, former Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement; Lynda Tran, founding partner of 270 Strategies and a former campaign advisor to four presidential candidates;  Mike Madrid, founder of The Lincoln Project and former Political Director of the California Republican Party.

Voters have many issues to weigh this election season, with a mix of information and misinformation to navigate. The media landscape is shifting in print, broadcast, internet and social media spaces. This event discusses how media is used in elections, how it is changing, and how it may influence voters. By bringing political experts from both sides of the aisle, CSUMB can foster an intellectual exchange that can grow understanding.

“Media and how voters get information will have a momentous impact on this year’s election,” said Ochoa. “This panel of expert practitioners have some of the deepest and keenest insights into politics, government and media to help audiences understand the information directed at them, and impact their opinions and the choices they make.”

The panel event is free to attend and takes place live on Zoom 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 13, RSVP required, and will be broadcast on Facebook.com/csumb. Go to csumb.edu/pss for more information and to RSVP.


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