WHOM DO WE TRUST?
RUSSIAN AND AMERICAN STUDENTS EXPLORE PERCEPTION-BUILDING
IN THE ERA OF FAKE NEWS
On September 10 -14, 2018 Track Two held a citizen diplomacy conference engaging undergraduate students from Russia and the United States in discussion, simulations, projects and a storytelling workshop that allowed them to explore how they are forming their opinions of other cultures and peoples. Students offered suggestions for conference topics; these examine the voices, memes and histories that influence their perceptions. What might trustworthy news look like and how would it be delivered? Together students and other conference participants developed a road map for improving non-governmental relations through more viable and realistic perception building.
Moderators and other experts from each country guided the discussions and exercises. We chronicled the activities and prepared written materials following the conference. The activities were recorded (video and audio) and both Russian and US journalists, educators and subject matter experts were invited to join the conference as observers and commentators.
And we will continue the dialog online as the actions taken by the group begin to influence the old and unproductive narratives!
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