A Community Conversation on Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News

Members of the campus community are invited to join in a discussion of Kevin Young’s award-winning Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News. The discussion will take place on Thursday, March 19, from 4 to 5:15 p.m. in the Dampeer Room at the Kelvin Smith Library.

In his timely book, Young traces the American history of how, he says:

  • people lie, plagiarize, manipulate and invent for their own selfish means;
  • what makes their victims so gullible; and
  • what it means to live in a world where cynicism and falsehoods are shaping our social narrative.

PhD candidate Erin Phelps (sociology) will lead the conversation about this 2018 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award winner. All members of the community are welcome to bring their questions and thoughts to join the discussion, even if they have not read the book.

This community conversation is sponsored by the Cleveland Humanities Collaborative Seminar Scholars, MLK Celebration Committee, Kelvin Smith Library and the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities. Light refreshments will be served to attendees.