Fake News, Propaganda, and Narrative Force

An interdisciplinary working group with expansive interests in the relationship of fake news, propaganda, and storytelling as forces that create social climate and drive social thought and action. Our members work on topics that span all modes and media, ranging from computationally assisted fact-checking, to the neuroscience of self-reinforcing beliefs, to historical and contemporary practices of fakery in the newsroom, to faking as a means of counter-propaganda and resistance. Our intellectual home is the Susan and James Wright Center for the Study of Computation and Just Communities within the Neukom Institute at Dartmouth College.

The working group contacts are—Lynn Patyk, Petra McGillen, and Dan Rockmore

Research & Readings

There is a lot of information on misinformation out there. In this section, members of our working group share what they are currently reading, listening to, or thinking about—whether it's new research or a classic worth rediscovering. 

Lecture Series & Presentations

Fake News and Narrative: Histories, Interventions, Controversies

Russ Castronovo, Tom Paine Professor of English, Director of the Center for the Humanities at UW-Madison and author, will discuss "Not Enough But Too Much:  The Terror of Information"

Tuesday, February 28, 2023 @ 5:30pm in the Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall, Dartmouth College.


Elizabeth Losh, Director of the Equality Lab & Professor of English and American Studies at William and Mary, will discuss A More Perfect User: White House Rhetoric about Technology and Anxieties about Race, Gender, and Class based on her new book "Selfie Democracy".

Monday, November 14, 2022 @ 5pm EST in the Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall, Dartmouth College.


Brandy Zadrozny and Ben Collins, Senior Reporters at NBC discuss disinformation and conspiracy theories that have spread and divided Americans.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 @ 5pm Eastern in Oopik Auditorium, Class of 1978 Life Sciences Center

**Please note this event will be in-person only, we are not authorize to stream or record this event. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.**

Which Lives Matter in the News: A Call for a Truer Mirror,  David T. Z. Mindich, Ph.D. Professor and Chair, Dept. of Journalism, Temple University

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 @ 5pm Eastern in Filene Auditorium, Moore Building at Dartmouth

MISINFORMED: 300 YEARS OF FAKE NEWS IN AMERICA, Andie Tucher, Director, Communications Ph.D. Program Columbia Journalism School

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 @ 5pm Eastern on Zoom