Conspiracy theories Feb. 17 Great Falls Forum topic

PHOTO: Stephanie Kelley-Romano, a Bates College associate professor, is the Feb. 17 speaker at the Great Falls Forum. (Submitted photo)

LEWISTON — Bates College professor Stephanie Kelley-Romano will discuss “Conspiracy Theories: Why, How, and What to Do,” in the latest in the Great Falls Forum series, noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, via Zoom as well as the Lewiston Public Library Facebook page.
Kelley-Romano will describe what a conspiracy theory is, and draw out the differences between misinformation, disinformation and conspiracy. She will also talk about the psychological and sociological conditions that may promote conspiracy thinking, and will describe the common rhetorical characteristics of conspiracy theories. She will do so with an eye to helping people recognize conspiracy theories, faulty evidence, and errors in reasoning. She will also offer suggestions as to how to counter conspiracy theories.
Kelley-Romano is an associate professor in the rhetoric, film and screen studies department at Bates, where she has taught since 1999. Her research and teaching interests include gender and media, myth and narrative, conspiracy, political rhetoric and substance (mis)use disorder/addiction. She received the Kroepsch Teaching Award at Bates for excellence in teaching in 2019.
Admission is free to all Forum events. The Zoom link will be posted on the library website and Facebook before the event. For more information, contact the Lewiston Public Library at 207-513-3135 or