Austen Ivereigh to speak on: 'Building a culture of encounter in an age of fake news'


The biographer of Pope Francis, Dr Austen Ivereigh, will be speaking on: 'Building a culture of encounter in an age of fake news' at the Hurtado Jesuit Centre in Wapping, east London, on Tuesday 9 January.

Dr Ivereigh said: "Thanks to social media, it seems anyone can break and share news - whether good or bad, true or false - and anyone can have an opinion. It's not just truth that's the casualty but civility and unity. Positions harden, tribes form, and polarization becomes the norm. The paradox is that in an ever more interconnected world we are more split than ever and communication has become dominated by the technocratic paradigm: what catches fire is per se good" Ivereigh says.

What does it mean, in this context, to be committed to Pope Francis's 'culture of encounter'? How in our communication do we build bridges rather than walls - and create genuine fraternal interconnectivity?

The seminar is one of a series organised by the Hurtado Jesuit Centre, entitled 'A Post Truth World - Are We Losing Our Minds?'.

Future dates, topics and speakers are:

- Tuesday 6th February: 'The 21st Century Mind: Blowing It, Expanding It, Losing It', with Baroness Susan Greenfield

- Thursday 8th March: 'Taking back control: illusions of autonomy', with Pat Riordan SJ

Doors open at 7pm, the talks are from 7.30- 9pm.

Hurtado Jesuit Centre is at 2 Chandler Street, Wapping, London, E1W 2QT
Suggested donation: £10. To book your place, email: welcome@hurtadocentre.org.uk

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