To request a copy of this month’s newsletter, contact the Community Education office at 217-786-2432.
Finding Truth in the Age of Alternative Facts
Changes in technology make finding the truth in what we hear on the news, read in newspapers and see on screens very difficult. The Tech Talk group from the Academy of Lifelong Learning at LLCC in partnership with the Illinois State Museum, is hosting a three-part series of various panels to explore what is real and ways to determine what is true on the internet and in other media.
Programs will be held at 6 p.m. at the Illinois State Museum in the Thorne Deuel Auditorium, are free, and open to the public. Each program begins at 6 p.m. Registration is requested. To register, call 217-786-2432.
Moderator of all three programs: Jim Leach, News Director of News/Talk 94.7 & 970 WMAY
Oct. 16 Pants on Fire
Exploring big and little lies in everyday interactions.
- Bethany Bilyeu, Psy.D., LCPC, Director UIS Counseling Center. Dr. Bilyeu came to UIS from California, where she worked in the foster care system focused on residential and community-based services. She has over 10 years of experience working with trauma survivors and high-risk clients.
- Lucinda Caughey, Associate Professor of Computer Science at LLCC. Lucinda teaches courses in Ethical Hacking, Network Security, and Computer Ethics at LLCC. Her research interests have been in Autonomous Software Agents, Autonomous Robotics, and Big Data Analytics.
- Siobhan Johnson, Deputy Director Human Resources, IL Dept. of Public Health. Ms. Johnson is certified by the American Society for Quality as a Certified Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence and has more than 10 years of Human Resources experience. Over the past 34 years, she has worked in the business sector, for a small not-for-profit corporation, a healthcare system, and state government.
- Shane Overby, Detective, Springfield Police Department. Shane Overby has been in Law Enforcement for 21 years. A member of The United State’s Secret Service Springfield Electronic Crime’s Unit, Detective Overby investigates Crimes Against Persons specializing in Hostage Negotiations, Cybercrimes, Internet Safety, Computer Forensics, Cellular and Mobile Device Forensics, Network Intrusion Investigations, Sex Crimes, and Human Trafficking.
Nov. 20 Who’s Checking the Fact Checkers?
Exploring methods of finding truth on the internet and in other media.
- Chris Krug, Publisher, TheCenterSquare.com. Chris Krug brings more than 25 years of award-winning media experience to The Center Square. He is the former publisher of the Chicago Pioneer Press newspaper chain, and was vice president for Shaw Suburban Media and a deputy editor at the Denver Post.
- Kate Schott, The State Journal-Register, Editorial Engagement Editor. A graduate of the UIS Public Affairs Reporting master’s program, Schott has held various news reporting and editing positions in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin covering education, courts, state and local government and politics. She is a board member of the Illinois Associated Press Media Editors.
- Tia Carol Jones, Managing Editor, Chicago Defender. Tia Carol Jones is the managing editor of the Chicago Defender, which switched to an all-digital platform in July 2019. She has written for newspapers in Washington, DC; Prince George’s County, Maryland; Iowa; and Chicago. She was the editor of the Southeast Chicago Observer and also worked as a science communicator at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.
- Rachel Otwell, Mulitmedia Journalist, NPR Illinois + ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network. Rachel Otwell is a public radio reporter based in Springfield. She is spending all of 2019 on an investigative project under the guidance of ProPublica. She has degrees in women and gender studies, Black history and public affairs reporting. She has covered statehouse news with an emphasis on equity as well as other topics like education and culture. Her reporting has been featured locally as well as nationally.
- John O’Connor, Political Writer, The Associated Press. John O’Connor has been an Illinois AP Statehouse correspondent since 1998. He won the AP’s top reporting prize, the Gramling Award, in 2010, and the AP’s Charles Rowe Award for best statehouse reporting in 2008. He previously worked for newspapers in Waterloo, Iowa, Bloomington, St. Louis, Arlington Heights, and Springfield.