Stories, Lies and Disinformation, Part 2

WNMU Distinguished Visitor Nina Burleigh giving an interview on campus

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Date(s) - 11/02/2022
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Global Resource Center auditorium
W 12th St - Silver City, NM

Stories, Lies and Disinformation: A Series with Western New Mexico University Distinguished Visitor Nina Burleigh” is a set of two public lectures by the journalist and author, who has spent 30 years inside the national media bubble.

Part one, “Mass media and US politics from the printing press to Facebook,” was an overview of Burleigh’s career in journalism, covering events from the dirty politics of Chicago, to the White House and Congress in Washington, D.C, a few wars, a few crimes and two presidential campaigns. Part one was held on Thursday, October 27, at 7 p.m. in WNMU Light Hall Auditorium.

Part two, “Storytelling versus disinformation,” will focus on Burleigh’s most recent book, “VIRUS: Vaccinations, The CDC, and the Hijacking of America’s Response to the Pandemic.” The book is six essays on the pandemic, including the political and policy response to Covid, the history of vaccines, the creation of the mRNA vaccine, and her investigations into the Stranger Things, the conspiracy theories that proliferated around virus and cure. She will discuss how the story of the vaccine was and was not told, highlighting the importance of science communication in the era of high technology, medical milestones, and weaponized disinformation. Part two will be held on Wednesday, November 2, at 7 p.m. in the WNMU Global Resource Center.

Burleigh will take questions.

Available via zoom

Bio: Nina Burleigh is a journalist, best-selling author of seven books and documentary producer. In residence at Western New Mexico University this fall, she was born and educated in the Midwest and has been based in Washington, D.C., New York, Paris and Italy. Burleigh has traveled and reported extensively in the Middle East and has reported from almost every state in the continental U.S. Two of her magazine articles were in dramatic productions, and she was an executive producer on a documentary series about Ghislaine Maxwell and a Peacock documentary on Prince Andrew.

Burleigh’s journalism has been published widely, and her books have been reviewed, excerpted and covered in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Nation, New York Magazine, BBC, ABC, MSNBC, Yahoo and other media outlets. She has appeared on Good Morning America, Nightline, The Today Show, 48 Hours, MSNBC, CNN and C-Span, NPR and many podcasts.

An adjunct professor at the NYU Arthur J. Carter Journalism Institute and Google Scholar, Burleigh says her work has been cited in hundreds of scholarly articles.
Western New Mexico University is sponsoring the first installment of the series, while the Southwest Word Fiesta is sponsoring the second.

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