Cleveland Humanities Festival: Finding TRUTH in a Fake News World

The fifth annual Cleveland Humanities Festival, organized by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities in partnership with more than 25 cultural, educational and artistic organizations in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio, will present a series of lectures and other community events this spring, examining the theme of truth from a variety of humanistic perspectives.  

Topics will include the representation of truth in art, literature and philosophy; the multiple attempts in the past and the present to co-opt the concept for political purposes; and our constantly growing anxiety about the viability of truth in a digital world..

Poet and critic Kevin Young will give the keynote speech on March 30: “Truth Be Told: How to Spot Bunk and Stay Sane in the Age of Euphemism.” Young is the director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the poetry editor of The New Yorker and the 2018 winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Nonfiction. He is the author of 13 books of poetry and prose.

On March 18, 90.3 WCPN’s “The Sound of Ideas” will broadcast a discussion titled “Truth in the 2020 Election Cycle” from Clark Hall. Hosted by Mike McIntyre, the program will bring together a panel of experts to examine the many ways truth has been and will continue to be altered in this era of “fake news.” Additional events are planned during March and April; visit for the schedule of events.