The Centenary Lecture Series
The Centenary Lecture Series curated and introduced by Owen Sheers, will bring leading UK and international figures from business, politics, sports, culture and the arts to the University's stunning state of the art Great Hall venue which is located on its Bay Campus.
The Centenary Lecture Series are sponsored by Swansea Building Society.
Spring 2017- Literature Centenary Lectures
The Great Hall, Bay Campus, Swansea University
Thursday 23rd March at 7:30 pm
Heather Brooke - Testing for Truth in a World of Fake News
The age of information was thought to herald a new age of Enlightenment. New ways of communicating gave everyone a voice and were lauded as the next step in strengthening democracy. Instead we’ve seen the rise of fake news, misinformation and lies. Public forums such as Twitter rife with trolls spewing insults, while authoritarian politicians gain favour. It’s a ‘post truth’ world where facts are whatever people want to believe.
Heather Brooke is an award-winning journalist whose investigative journalism and legal action against the British Parliament for disclosure of MPs’ expenses was the catalyst of the expenses scandal of 2009. The following year, she obtained the full batch of 251,287 US diplomatic cables from a Wikileaks insider and worked with The Guardian newspaper on a month-long exposé of global diplomatic relations.
She is the author of Your Right to Know (Pluto Press 2004, 2006), The Silent State (Heinemann 2010) and The Revolution Will Be Digitised (Heinemann, 2011). Heather is a professor of journalism at City University, London. She has won numerous awards including the Judges’ Prize at the 2010 British Press Awards, the FOI Award from Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), and a Freedom of Expression Award from Index on Censorship.
Before moving to Britain, Heather worked as a political and crime reporter in the United States.
Tickets: £12.00 unreserved £5.00 schools/students
Tel: 01792 60 49 00/ 60 49 99
(Photo Credit: Rick Morris Pushinksy)