Fact or Fiction: Disinformation and Freedom of Speech

Cal Performances

Berkeley Conversations

January 31, 2021
2:00pm to 3:00pm
Virtual Presentation


Cal Performances At Home: Illuminations “Fact or Fiction” 
Fact or Fiction: Disinformation and Freedom of Speech 
Date: Sunday, January 31, 2021 
Time: 2:00-3:00 PM Pacific
This talk is free and open to the public. Viewers will have the opportunity to submit questions for the panel upon registration. Streaming details to be announced. Following the livestream, this event will be available to view on demand for three months, through May 1, 2021.

How does a country founded on a bedrock principle of freedom of speech move forward in the age of disinformation? Join UC Berkeley's Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of Berkeley Law; Henry Brady, Dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy; and Geeta Anand, Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism for a timely discussion on the topic of the proliferation of disinformation in today’s public sphere and its intersection with the freedom of speech. Janet Napolitano, former United States Secretary of Homeland Security (2009–2013), former University of California President (2013–2020), and current Professor and Faculty Director of the new Center for Security in Politics at the Goldman School of Public Policy will both moderate and participate in the discussion. This event is presented as part of Cal Performances’ Illuminations: “Fact or Fiction” programming, which examines what happens when alteration of the truth—even the deliberate dissemination of disinformation—begins to affect our ability to tell fact from fiction, and how this challenge is impacting today’s world. 


Henry Brady

Class of 1941 Monroe Deutsch Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, UC Berkeley

Henry E. Brady is the Class of 1941 Monroe Deutsch Professor of Political Science and Public Policy in the Goldman School of Public Policy  at the University of California, Berkeley. He served as dean of the Goldman School from 2009-2021. He received his PhD in economics and political science from MIT. He has written on electoral politics, political participation, social welfare policy, political polling, and statistical methodology. He has worked for the federal Office of Management and Budget and other organizations in Washington, DC. He was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2003 and as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2006. He is the co-author of The Unheavenly Chorus: Unequal Political Voice and the Broken Promise of American Democracy and Unequal and Unrepresented:  Political Inequality and the People's Voice in the New Gilded Age, Letting the People Decide: Dynamics of a Canadian Election (1992), Voice and Equality: Civic Voluntarism in American Politics (1995), Expensive Children in Poor Families: The Intersection of Childhood Disability and Welfare (2000); and Counting All the Votes: The Performance of Voting Technology in the United States (2001). 

Erwin Chemerinsky

Dean, Berkeley Law

Geeta Anand

Dean, Graduate School of Journalism, UC Berkeley

Janet Napolitano

Professor of Public Policy and Faculty Director of the new Center for Security in Politics, Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley