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WoodsTalk Live Presents: Truth or Consensus: Survival Tools in the Age of Fake News

Interactive Roundtable

In the ever-changing world of news media, where do we get our facts, how can we tell if they are true? This 2-hour entertaining and interactive roundtable will focus on the perplexing issue of factual reporting, the role of satire, how to be an informed citizen and the influence of 1960’s newsmakers and satirists.

Celebrity speaker: Comedian TRAE CROWDER, who recently earned national attention (or notoriety, depending on your viewpoint) for his “Liberal Redneck” series of viral videos. Trae Crowder has been performing his particular brand of Southern-fried intellectual comedy in the Southeast and beyond for the past six years.

Trae’s videos have received over 70 million views online. He is coming off an 80+ city sold-out standup comedy tour in support of his best-selling book Liberal Redneck Manifesto: Draggin Dixie Outta the Dark.

You may have seen Trae on Nightline (ABC), Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO), The View, Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell (MSNBC), NPR, or WTF with Marc Maron. Now see him in person and on the panel of media mentors:

Moderator: Dr. J. Michael Lennon-- Norman Mailer’s official biographer, Vietnam Veteran, award-winning author, and Professor Emeritus at Wilkes University.

Panelists include:

  • Iris Fen Gillingham, a 17-year-old who has grown up being homeschooled on an off grid farm in the Catskill Mountains of New York. Her family lives and teaches sustainability, growing and raising their own food.  She draws on her connection to the land where she lives to speak from her heart. She is an artist and independent thinker, a spokesperson for youth in her community at press conferences, rallies, protests and meetings. She has led workshops and plenaries on youth engagement, ageism and empowerment. Iris wrote as a journalist for the local town youth-led newspaper for the past three years and is very active in her community.  She is a member of the Earth Guardians RYSE Youth Council and serves as the Regional Youth Director for Earth Guardians New York. Iris is a voting member of her college senate and leads the Earth Guardians SUNY Sullivan crew there.

  • Eugene Kiely, Director at FactCheck.org, is a journalist who has covered government and politics for more than 20 years. Prior to joining FactCheck.org, Kiely was a Washington assignment editor at USA TODAY, leading a team of reporters who focused on Congress, politics and government accountability.

  • Patrick McCullough --Conservative writer, volunteer Fireman, Adjunct Instructor and Web developer at SUNY Sullivan.

Final Remarks: Robert Hubsher, Executive Director of the Ramapo Catskill Library System, which oversees 47 libraries situated in over 2500 sq. miles. Mr. Hubsher is an active and honorable member of American Library Association and NY Library System; he sits on the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee.

Come with a group and reserve a table while they last! Attendees will have moments together to share their views and experiences as well as take part in three “Do Now” experiences that illuminate the topic. Walk away laughing with at least one tool to help navigate the fog of fake news. 

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Sponsored in part by a Humanities New York Action Grant, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Funding for arts and humanities, outreach and museum programming is provided by generous individuals, foundations and agencies including: Resorts World Catskills, American Gift Fund, AT&T Foundation, John N. Blackman Sr. Foundation, Annelise Gerry and Family, Robyn Gerry, IBM, Joan Kaplan, the William and Elaine Kaplan Family Foundation, the Monticello Motor Club, the Museum Association of New York, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the Rea Charitable Trust, the Rhulen Loughlin Family -- in memory of Trevor John Loughlin, James and Kelly Schmitt and Stewarts Shops. Transportation and tuition assistance made possible in part by Dan and Joan Silna, and TD Charitable Foundation, and the Williams Endowed Education Fund at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.


  • Oct 1 , 2017
  • Event Gallery
  • 4:00PM Doors
    4:30PM Start
  • $10.00/person
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