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The Forum opens season with author Kevin Young addressing 'fake news'

| Denise Olson

The 2018-19 Forum series at UW-Eau Claire opens Oct. 18 with critically acclaimed poet and author Kevin Young.

Kevin Young

Acclaimed poet, essayist, professor and editor Kevin Young will open The Forum series on Oct. 18. (Photo by Larry D. Moore)

Young's presentation, "The Rise of Hoaxes and Fake News," which will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium, offers a mind-boggling account of America’s long fascination with falsehoods, tall tales and untruths. His 2017 nonfiction book, titled “Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts and Fake News,” the basis of his presentation, was selected as NPR's Best Book of 2017. “Bunk” zeroes in on the rise of the hoax in American culture and offers humor, wit and insight into how we have arrived at the current societal blurring of fact and fiction.

According to Kathleen Rooney of the Chicago Tribune, "'Bunk' is a groundbreaking study of spectacles and spectacular falsehoods ... (and) could scarcely be more timely or useful."

Young, who currently serves as the poetry editor for The New Yorker magazine, and director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City,  has published 13 works of poetry and nonfiction, garnering much critical acclaim, including multiple long-list and finalist spots for the National Book Award.

Widely regarded as one of the leading poets of his generation, Young earned degrees from Harvard and Brown universities in the 1990's. His many accolades and distinctions include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Stanford University Stegner Fellowship in Poetry, the Lenore Marshall Prize for Poetry, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in Nonfiction and the Distinguished Professorship at Emory University. Young was inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2016.

Now in its 77th season, The Forum series is funded by the students of UW-Eau Claire. Speakers are selected and administered by the Activities, Involvement and Leadership office and by an administrative committee of students, faculty, staff and community members. General promotional support is provided by WHYS Radio and Wisconsin Public Radio. In bringing a wide range of topics and vantage points to campus, The Forum seeks to develop aesthetic awareness for students.

Top photo caption: The 2018-19 Forum series at UW-Eau Claire opens Oct. 18 with critically acclaimed poet and author Kevin Young. (Photo by Melanie Dunea)