Sunday at the MasterDecember 23, 2018
11:00 am Riverside Lobby
THE HISTORY of
Don Schwartz, Ph.D., a friend of shareholders here at the Master Apartments, hasgenerously offered to put “Fake News” in historical perspective for us on his upcomingtrip to New York City from the West Coast where he now resides.
‘Fake News’ has been in the news ever since the election of Donald Trump in 2016. While exaggerations and hyperbole have always been characteristic of political dis-course, the propagation of ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’ in our highly polemic environment has been amplified and intensified by the internet and by social media.
While the term is relatively new, the phenomenon of ‘fake news’ has been around forcenturies. Dr. Schwartz will trace the origins and impact of manufactured and altered news reports from ancient Rome to the modern era, with an emphasis on the impact of such misrepresentations on American history.
Don Schwartz, Ph.D., earned his doctorate in modern U.S. and European history from New York University and began his teaching career in New York City high schools, and at Pace University and the New School for Social Research.
He served on the faculty of the History Department at California State University Long Beach from 1987 until his retirement in 2010. Since then he has taught in
Shanghai and Phnom Penh as part of the Fulbright Specialist Program, and regularly offers lectures on historical topics in southern California.
He has written scholarly articles on the Holocaust and on the teaching of history, and has been named by the Organization of American Historians to their Distinguished Lecturer Program.