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CALS event explores freedom of expression, disinformation

Lee Humphreys, professor and chair of the communications department at CALS, offers her remarks during a closing reception for a symposium on "Freedom of Expression in the Age of Disinformation."

Read the full story in the Cornell Chronicle.

A symposium led by the Department of Communication in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) brought together more than 100 scholars, students and community members to explore tensions between freedom of expression and concerns about the spread of disinformation.

Held Dec. 7-8, the event included guests from across the country and around the world, as well as Cornell experts, who discussed topics such as histories of media and propaganda, content moderation on social media, public opinion as freedom of expression, and how freedom of expression relates to our other core values and responsibilities as a university.

“Academic freedom is a bedrock tenet at Cornell, and our commitment to free and open inquiry lies at the core of our responsibility as educators, researchers and global citizens,” Benjamin Z. Houlton, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of CALS, said in welcome remarks to participants.