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Keynote on Argumentation

We are pleased to invite Dr. Joseph Zompetti as a keynote speaker for one of the sessions at the 10th International Conference on Debate and Argumentation Education. Since this is the 10th anniversary conference, we will offer this keynote for free. We look forward to the participation of many people.
Dr. Zompetti will not come to Chuo University, but he will make a presentation online.
Basic Info.
- Sun, 17th March 2024, 10 am-11 am JST
- Hybrid style (Chuo University, Tokyo and Online)
- Free of Charge
Fill out the form below. The Zoom URL will be sent after the registration.
Kota Jodoi, Assistant Professor at Kagoshima University, Japan
Lecturer: Dr. Joseph Zompetti (Illinois States University)
Dr. Joseph Zompetti is a professor in the School of Communication at Illinois State University where he teaches courses in rhetoric, political communication, intercultural communication, and argument. He has published extensively on classical and contemporary argumentation, debate, political rhetoric, and more recently in the areas of fake news and disinformation.
Title: Argumentation in the Age of Disinformation
A quick Google search reveals news headlines such as, “2024 will be the Year of Democracy – or Disinformation,” “Elections and Disinformation Are Colliding Like Never Before in 2024,” “Disinformation Poses an Unprecedented Threat in 2024,” and “We Must Not Allow 2024 to be the Year Fake News Destroys Democracy.” Indeed, problems associated with mis/disinformation have been proliferating in the last decade, and now we are seeing an existential threat of AI intrusion in our news and electoral politics. This now all-too-real Sci-Fi scenario converges in 2024 with over 40 key national elections around the globe. To make matters worse, we have over 8 billion humans – two billion of whom will be eligible for election participation – that are not skilled in basic media literacy skills, much less more advanced competencies regarding digital media, and – now – digital disinformation and AI. As such, I briefly explore the intersecting forces that are shaping this crisis in order to lay a foundation for a more detailed examination of how argument and debate skills can help us temper and moderate what the World Economic Forum calls the “top risk” in 2024 – the mutually-reinforcing menace of disinformation and AI content that can influence democratic elections all over the planet. Despite this dire threat, we can explore how debate and argumentation skills translate into vital digital media literacies that can help address this global crisis. Practical strategies and exercises will also be noted so that we can confront the AI-disinformation hazards that are jeopardizing global democracy.
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