Lecture spotlight: ‘Battling the Infodemic’; ‘Biggest Battles in Education’

Pitt Cyber Presents “Battling the Infodemic: Covid-19 Mis- and Disinformation”
2-3 p.m. Feb. 16

This timely conversation will look at how mis- and disinformation could jeopardize control of the pandemic. The discussion will feature: Michael Colaresi, Pitt Cyber research and academic director and professor of Political Science; Beth Hoffman, research assistant, Center for Research on Behavioral Health, Media, & Technology, and Ph.D. student, Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, Graduate School of Public Health; Jaime Sidani, assistant professor of Medicine and core faculty of the Center for Research on Behavioral Health, Media, & Technology; and Todd Wolynn, CEO, Kids Plus Pediatrics. Register here.


“Surrendered: Why Progressives are Losing the Biggest Battles in Education”
Noon-1:30 p.m. Feb. 18 

Kevin Kumashiro, former dean of the School of Education at the University of San Francisco, will discuss his new book “Surrendered: Why Progressives are Losing the Biggest Battles in Education” which “offers a necessary intervention to help progressive educators and advocates take back public education as well as a different path forward for K–12 and higher education by showing readers how to establish a progressive agenda, employ language, and harness evidence more effectively.” Sponsored by the Center for Urban Education. Register here.


Hesselbein Lecture featuring Shaun Leonardo: “Transforming Systems Through Art”
1-2 p.m. Feb. 19

The next virtual Hesselbein Lecture at GSPIA will feature artist Shaun Leonardo, co-director of Recess Art, a nonprofit art space formed in 2009 in Brooklyn to support artists who boldly reimagine an inclusive public for art. Leonardo will share insight into repairing the harms of systemic racism through initiatives like Assembly, a nonprofit program he founded to fight mass incarceration through arts education. Event is free and open to the public. Register here