Political (Mis)Information and Motivated Reasoning

Published: March 4, 2020

UPDATE: This event has been canceled due to the concerns associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and may be rescheduled in the future.

Why can’t we have “just the facts” when it comes to politics? What motivates us to think we are right even when we are wrong? In a political era dominated by social media and polarization, this lecture will focus on how emotions, values, and reasoning influence our understanding of U.S. politics and political information. 

College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Political Science Speaker Series and Common Read Series invites you to join them for, “Political (Mis)Information and Motivated Reasoning,” Wednesday, March 18, at the Ada County Campus Pintail Center at 6 p.m. The event will feature the expertise of Dr. Kylee Britzman who specializes in political behavior, political psychology, political communication, and gender and politics. Britzman received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2018 and has since been teaching at Lewis-Clark State College. Her writing has been published in the Journal of Political Science and the Social Science Computer Review.

This Common Read event is made possible through support from CWI’s Office of the Provost; School of Social Sciences and Public Affairs; Department of Culture, History, and Politics; and the Liberal Arts program. All are invited to attend. Contact Kim Scheffer at 208.562.2606 kimscheffer@cwi.edu to learn more or with questions.

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