Doublespeak and Fake News: How George Orwell Matters Today

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When: Thu Feb 27 2020, 6:00 pm

Where: Zimmerman Library

Free reception & discussion sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists, Rio Grande Chapter

6:00-7:30 p.m., Thursday, February 27, in the Frank Waters Room at Zimmerman Library, UNM

George Orwell tackled concerns over totalitarianism in his work “1984,” “Animal Farm,” and “Homage to Catalonia.” Were those works warnings or prophesies? Today one can spot elements of Orwell-coined concepts like doublespeak and newspeak in media. Join the Society of Professional Journalists for a discussion about why Orwell still matters in a divided nation and amid media upheaval.

The invited panelists include:  

  • Russell Contreras, Associated Press  
  • Karen Coates, Society of Professional Journalists  
  • Russ Tobias Davidson, Orwell Exhibit Curator  
  • Dr. Nancy Lopez, Sociology, UNM

But wait – there’s more! The first 50 attendees will receive a free catalog for the exhibit, “George Orwell: His Enduring Legacy.”

The reception will begin at 6:00 with light hors d’oeuvres.

The event is presented in conjunction with the UNM exhibit, “George Orwell: His Enduring Legacy,” at the Center for Southwest Research in Zimmerman Library. Learn more about the exhibit here.