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Teach-Ins on ‘Living in Putin’s Land’ and ‘Russia Invades Our Voting Booths’

By: Cienna Madrid   Published 11:21 am / October 9, 2017

Chase Johnson, a research associate with the Frank Church Institute, will lead a teach-in titled “Living in Putin’s Land: The Wealthy, the Ignored and the Persecuted,” at noon Thursday, Oct. 12, in Albertsons Library, Room 201C.

As American interest in Russia peaks, we should ask ourselves: Who are the Russian people? This teach-in will explore the lives of the wealthy, the ignored and the persecuted in Russian society. Participants will look at the realities of their lives, the human rights challenges they face (or perpetuate) and what they want from their own government. By understanding Russian society, we can better understand the actions of Russia’s leaders, while also humanizing a people whose nation is often presented as our political adversary.

Lynn Lubamersky, an associate professor of history, will lead a teach-in titled, “Russian Invades our Voting Booths: Cyberwarfare, Fake News and Putin’s Interference in the Electoral Process” at noon on Thursday, Oct. 19, in Albertsons Library, Room 201C.

Russian interference in America’s 2016 presidential election is nothing new or unusual. Russia has played a similar role in the elections of almost every Western democracy, leading voters to doubt their results, to question their sources of factual information and even to question the democratic process itself. The result of this interference is division, disorder and demoralization. This teach-in will explore these occurrences and shed light on how the age of social media provides the platform for manipulation of voter sentiment and election tampering.

Boise State Teach-Ins: Where Education Meets (inter) Action

These Boise State teach-ins are sponsored by the Marilyn Shuler Human Rights Initiative and Albertsons Library. The quick, accessible “TED-talk” type sessions provide relevant information individuals can use right now to better understand issues, engage more productively with others and act in ways that promote the common good.

Design: there will be 20-30 minutes of teaching followed by 30 minutes of discussion and interaction. Bringing a lunch is encouraged.

When and Where: most Thursdays, noon-1 p.m. in Albertsons Library, Room 201C. The teach-ins also will be streamed on the library website.

For information on the full teach-in series, please see the Shuler Initiative OrgSync site here: https://orgsync.com/143413/chapter. Join the chapter for event updates and easy links to google calendar.

The teach-in tradition: teach-ins tap faculty expertise to empower people’s participation on issues critical to creating a just and vibrant democracy. They started in 1965 when faculty and students at the University of Michigan organized sessions about the Vietnam War. They spread to hundreds of campuses nationwide, and have been revived every decade to speak to the key issues of the time. Teach-Ins have always sought to promote fact-driven exploration, analysis and activism — and to challenge popular misinformation. They also boil down information into accessible, practical nuggets that are usable and fuel immediate audience engagement.