Finding Truth in Political Discourse
In this information age, trying to find the heart of any subject matter can be akin to taking a drink from a fire hose. In the sea of sources and loud voices, it can be hard to find the truth, let alone make your own determinations.
“I’m more concerned with how you think than what you think,” Doug Dumbrill often tells his students as an adjunct professor at Gillette College.
It’s this experience teaching a class on political discourse, as well as his broad swath of life experience, that landed him the role as presenter of a two-part discussion on Truth in Political Discourse. The first session is scheduled for tonight at 7 p.m. at the Campbell County Public Library (CCPL).
The event is sponsored by the library, the Friends of the Library, and the Campbell County League of Women voters. The first of three sessions, tonight Dumbrill will focus on why finding the truth in the current political climate is not always simple.
Executive Director Terri Lesley said the library is the perfect place for such an event since these types of institutions have traditionally been the place to find accurate information. Before the internet, there were libraries.
Dumbrill said his presentation will include some education, for which he prefers the Socratic Method, which includes dialogue, asking questions, and critical thinking to draw out ideas. The first session will focus on the language of truth.
He said the way people often discuss politics is not always conducive to finding the truth or setting policies.
The second session is scheduled for Thursday, May 2, at 7 p.m. The program is free and open to anyone who has an interest in understanding the world we live in today.