A Matter of Fact – A Panel Discussion (Wellington)

17:30 pm
18:30 pm
Royal Society Te Aparangi
11 Turnbull Street, Thorndon

Today it seems that conspiracy and rumour spread faster than ever and are increasingly hard to debunk. How do we convincingly explain the difference between good information and misinformation?

Jess Berentson-Shaw, author of the new BWB Text A Matter of Fact: Talking Truth in a Post-Truth World, will be joined by Shaun Hendy and Emily Beausoleil to tackle this question head-on. The conversation will cover how we can talk effectively (and empathetically) about contentious information around issues such as immunisation, the gender pay gap and climate change.

5.30-6.30 p.m. Monday 13 August The Royal Society of New Zealand 13 Turnbull Street, Thorndon, Wellington

Speaker bios:

Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw is a New Zealand researcher and communicator, and good science advocate. Her work spans the social, economic and political spectrum. She is co-director of think-and-do tank, The Workshop, and a senior research associate at the Public Policy Institute at University of Auckland. Jess is author of A Matter of Fact: Talking Truth in a Post-Truth World (BWB Texts 2018).

Professor Shaun Hendy was awarded the Callaghan Medal by the Royal Society of New Zealand and the Prime Minister’s Science Media Communication Prize for his work as a science communicator. He teaches in both the Department of Physics and the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Auckland, and is Director of Te Pūnaha Matatini, a New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence.

Dr Emily Beausoleil is a senior lecturer in the School of People, Environment and Planning at Massey University. Her Marsden-funded research explores the conditions, challenges, and possibilities of democratic engagement in diverse societies, with a particular focus on non-traditional strategies to facilitate listening in politics.