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Mickey Huff! Green Sun.FREE public program. Solve polarization: Critical Thinking, Media

Sunday, April 10, 2022
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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"Let's Agree to Disagree" -- with Mickey Huff (Director of Project Censored) Re his new book, sub-titled: A Critical Thinking Guide to Communication, Conflict Management & Critical Media Literacy

Presented by the Green Party of Alameda County. Mickey's talk will be followed by Q&A.

In this age of extreme polarization, hyper-partisanship and "siloed information," our society is challenged on agreeing to disagree, and our democracy has become fragile, and political future seems almost hopeless. America is in need for re-establishing a more tolerant and centered civil discourse. What is the media's role and how can we counter this? Every major change in the media promises democratic possibility and inclusive public conversation — only to see old patterns of division and exclusion recur, and a challenge to civil liberties and free speech. Is there a direct parallel between our world today to that of post-World War I America when the United States faced another raging pandemic and economic recession, with the Red Scare, and other sources of tumult?

Mickey Huff, Director of Project Censored, and Nolan Higdon, who teaches at UC Santa Cruz, have just written a new book that discusses the origins of our current hyper-partisanship, and provides a roadmap to break through the polarization, and seeks to reverse these trends by fostering constructive dialogue through critical thinking and critical media literacy. Entitled, Let's Agree to Disagree, this transformative text introduces readers to useful theories, powerful case studies, and easily adoptable strategies. Tonight, Mickey will present an overview of the book and answer questions on this vital and urgent topic.

Mickey Huff is the director of Project Censored and president of the nonprofit Media Freedom Foundation. To date, he has co-edited 13 editions of the Project’s yearbook, including most recently Project Censored’s State of the Free Press 2022, with Andy Lee Roth. He is also co-author, with Nolan Higdon, of United States of Distraction: Media Manipulation in Post-Truth America (and what we can do about it) (2019). Huff received the Beverly Kees Educator Award as part of the 2019 James Madison Freedom of Information Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California. He is professor of social science, history, and journalism at Diablo Valley College, where he co-chairs the history program and is chair of the Journalism Department. Huff is executive producer and host of The Project Censored Show, a weekly syndicated public affairs program that airs across the U.S. on Pacifica Radio. Additionally, Huff sits on the board for the nonprofit Behind the Headlines and serves on the editorial board for the journal Secrecy and Society. For the past several years, Huff has worked with the national outreach committee of Banned Books Week, working with the American Library Association and the National Coalition Against Censorship, of which Project Censored is a member. His newest book with Nolan Higdon is, Let's Agree to Disagree: A Critical Thinking Guide to Communication, Conflict Management and Critical Media Literacy published by Routledge.

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