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‘Truth, Science and Free Speech’ Town Hall, May 17

Keynote speaker Ali Velshi from MSNBC

A Town Hall discussion on “Truth, Science and Free Speech,” presented by Stony Brook’s Center for Changing Systems of Power, will be held on Monday, May 17, from 3:30 pm to 5 pm via Zoom.

Registration is required here.

Keynote speaker Ali Velshi from MSNBC
Keynote speaker Ali Velshi from MSNBC

Discourse today is often marked by challenges to facts combined with denials of data and information emanating from our most prestigious academic and governmental institutions. We are urged to believe what someone is saying and not what we are seeing with our own eyes. 

How are the actions of people — whether considering who to vote for, participating in an attempt to disrupt our Democratic processes, or whether to be vaccinated — determined by the constant drumbeat of lies and distortions? What is the impact on our ability to continue progress against the COVID-19 pandemic and the future of our country and the world we leave to our children and grandchildren?

The event features keynote speaker Ali Velshi from MSNBC. He has reported on the major issues facing us today, often on the ground where they occur. Velshi and the other panelists will bring their unique perspectives and engage in a conversation about these critical issues.

Questions from the audience will be posed to the presenters as time permits.

Respondents include: 

  • Stephanie Kelton, Professor of Economics and Public Policy
  • Sara Nelson, International President, Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO
  • John Barry Ryan, Associate Professor of Political Science

Nicole S. Sampson, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, will give welcome remarks, and the discussion will be moderated by Charles Robbins, Director, Center for Changing Systems of Power. 

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