Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Voter Education Series at Oshkosh Public Library

Thomas Jefferson once wrote that a well-informed electorate is a prerequisite to democracy. This month, the Oshkosh Public Library puts the founding father’s wisdom into practice with An Informed Electorate. This enlightening series of four discussions will focus on ways that voters can become better informed about the issues impacting their lives.
History of Political Rhetoric
Mon., Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m.
Award-winning UW-Madison Political Science Professor, Dr. Daniel Kapust explores the history of political rhetoric. Contemporary politics is troubling, less because of what is said, than because of what the words suggest about a common culture.

The Dark Stores Referendum Explained
Tues., Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m.
The “dark stores” strategy allows big retailers to curtail their tax assessment. Taking a closer look at the referendum will help voters make an educated decision at the ballot box.

Tech for Voters
Mon., Sept. 24 at 5 p.m.
Websites and apps are on tap tonight. Specifically, which of these sources voters can trust to stay informed about the issues and candidates on the ballot, both locally and nationally.

Fake News Panel
Thurs., Sept. 27 at 6 p.m.
What is fake news? How do you spot phony information and avoid passing it on? How do you vet news sources? Our Oshkosh media panel will sort out the topic: Nathaniel Shuda, Editor, Oshkosh Northwestern; Miles Maguire, Editor, Oshkosh Examiner and UW Oshkosh Journalism Department; and Karen Schneider, Publisher, Oshkosh Herald. League of Women Voters member Alana Erickson will talk about the impact of social media.

These events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.oshkoshpubliclibrary.org.


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