STEVENS POINT – Critical thinking is the focus of a new faculty lecture series offered by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. It is part of community outreach efforts of the Critical Thinking Center.

The Critical Thinking Series will begin Sept. 30 at the UW-Stevens Point campus. It is open to the public free of charge. Face coverings are required for indoor events at the university. No registration is required.

The series will include:

Troy Espe
Dave Dettman

·         Sept. 30, 6-8 p.m. – When Should You Believe Social Media?
Associate Professor Dave Dettman and Assistant Professor Troy Espe
Albertson Hall, room 650
Social media can be a wealth of information, but there is an increasing need to determine its accuracy. Learn about a process called SIFT that can help determine the credibility of information from social media and the internet.

·         Oct. 28, 6:30-7:30 p.m. – Dawn of the Shaun of the Dead
Associate Professor Cary Elza
Communication Arts Center, room 333
Using films like “Dawn of the Dead,” “Shaun of the Dead” and “Zombieland,” participants will figure out what arguments can be made and what critical thinking skills can be used to survive a zombie apocalypse.

·         Dec. 9, 6:30-7:30 p.m. – Does Making Cents Make Sense? Arguments For and Against Music Streaming Platforms
Professor Mathew Buchman
Noel Fine Arts Center, room 221
Streaming platforms saved major record labels’ sinking ship. But artists earn a fraction of a penny per stream. Explore each side of the argument and the ethical ramifications of 21st century music consumption.