UNM University Libreries is hosting a lecture and workshop designed to help students learn better research skills.
The lecture, titled “Practicing Freedom for the Post-Truth Era,” aims to help students be “free human beings” in a world filled with fake news and alternative facts. Lecturer Barbara Fister will encourage students to conduct their own research, think critically and become empowered citizens. She says librarians play a key role in this process by helping students learn how to find and assess scholarly information.
Following the lecture, Fister will present a workshop titled “Crossing Thresholds of Understanding for Better Student Research,” where students can learn the value of ethical and creative research as it relates to the world today. The workshop will explore concepts in research across disciplines, as well as what classroom experiences and assignments provide opportunities for students to cross-challenge their understanding. Students who participant will have the opportunity to compare notes, explore options and leave with practical teaching ideas.
Fister is a professor and librarian at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. She is a regular columnist for the Inside Higher Education column “Library Babel Fish” and a mystery novelist. Fister is also a widely published researcher and public intellectual.
The lecture will take place on Thursday, Mar. 9 from 9 - 11 a.m. in the Willard Room in Zimmerman Library. For more information and to RSVP, visit the event webpage.
The workshop will take place from 12 – 4 p.m. in the Frank Waters Room in Zimmerman Library. For more information and to RSVP, visit the event webpage.