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The Helen Benning Regnier iSchool Graduate Seminar: Truth and Consequences in the Information Age

July 7, 2018, 9 a.m. - July 7, 2018, 9 p.m.

Location: Schine Student Center at Syracuse University, Panasci Lounge

Registration for this event is now closed.

About This Seminar

One of the recognized strengths of SU’s iSchool is the depth of our research and teaching capabilities, exploring the impact of various information technologies and practices on individuals, society, and industry.

This immersion seminar will examine the intersection of a number of aspects of online information behavior, social media, and globalization. This is an opportunity for students, practitioners, alumni, and researchers to interact and engage with each other on these and related issues.

Seminar Itinerary

Friday, July 6

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.Optional event: Syracuse University Campus Tour + “Understanding Information in Context” Discussion, facilitated by Caroline Haythornthwaite, Rachel Clarke, and Megan Oakleaf.
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Optional event: Dinner, debrief and chat, facilitated by Caroline Haythornthwaite, Rachel Clarke, and Megan Oakleaf.

Saturday, July 7

Full attendance of the July 7th scheduled events is required for milestone credit towards graduation from the IM, LIS and EDS academic programs.

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.Seminar check-in
9:00 - 9:50 a.m.

Helen Benning Regnier Distinguished Lecture: Jacob Metcalf, Technology Ethics Researcher and Consultant

The event's keynote speaker. Addressing the ethical and social ramifications of algorithm use, their biases, and the larger need for algorithmic literacy.

9:50 - 10:00 a.m.Break
10:00-11:10 a.m.

Design Breakout Sessions

Attendees will have the opportunity to address issues highlighted in the keynote by designing solutions in various information profession contexts. Rachel Clarke facilitating.

  • Entrepreneurial Context
  • Social Media Context
  • School Library Context
  • Public Library Context
11:20-11:30 a.m.Break
11:30-12:00 p.m.

Lightning Talks:  5-7 minutes each

Lightning talk presenters will describe concrete applications and examples of the consequences of information behavior, social media and globalization in concrete projects, topics or professional experiences.

12:00-1:30 p.m.

Lunch Buffet and networking

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Practitioner Panel:  Fake News and Propaganda, followed by Q&A

Our practitioner panelists will offer unique perspectives on the growth and spread of fake news and propaganda in the information age.

2:30-2:45 p.m.Break
2:45-4:45 p.m.

Afternoon Deep-Dive Breakout Sessions

Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss the following subtopics and additional student requested topics with expert facilitators, then share out discussion highlights with the larger group. Megan Oakleaf facilitating.

  • Internet Archiving
  • Data Management Plans
  • Collection Development
4:45-5:00 p.m. Closing remarks
5:00-6:30 p.m.Free time
6:30-8:30 p.m. Optional no-host dinner at local restaurant

Sunday, July 8

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.Optional event: Breakfast (location TBD)
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Optional event: Advising Session 

(location TBD)

Hotel & Room Block Information

For students and alumni visiting Syracuse for the seminar, there are rooms available at a group rate at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center.

Book your room online

Code of Conduct

Please do not be disruptive by talking or using electronic devices during speaker events (keynote, lightning talks, practitioner panel). Notebooks will be provided for note-taking.

Please be courteous and respectful toward your fellow attendees. This event is intended to provide a harassment-free conference experience for all, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, physical appearance, religion (or lack thereof) or different ability. We will not tolerate harassment of conference participants, speakers or facilitators in any form.

Please be aware of a 2-strike policy for violating the conduct policies above:

  • Strike 1: you will be handed a warning card by an event facilitator describing the policy you have violated.
  • Strike 2: after two violations of conduct policy, you will be asked to leave the event and will not receive credit for attending the event.

Full attendance of the July 7th scheduled events is required for milestone credit towards graduation from the IM, LIS, and EDS academic programs.

Accessibility Policy

Syracuse University values diversity and inclusion; we are committed to a climate of mutual respect and full participation. Our goal at the iSchool is to create learning environments that are useable, equitable, inclusive and welcoming.

If you believe you need accommodations for different abilities to attend this event, please describe your need on the registration form when you register for the event. The deadline for accommodation requests after registration will be June 15th, 2018; contact Margaret Craft at

Questions & Contact

Faculty Host: Dr. Scott Bernard, Executive Professor (

Administrative Coordinator: Margaret Stockman Craft, Strategy and Design Specialist (

Online Student Point of Contact: Vicky Williams, Director of Online Education (

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