Lepage Center Introduces Guide to Combat Misinformation, Promote Media and Historical Literacy

VILLANOVA, Pa. –The Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest recently joined hundreds of organizations nationwide to mark Media Literacy Week. With today's preponderance of fake news, false stories, misinformation and propaganda, it’s an important time to reinforce critical thinking skills and remind students and citizens not to accept information at face value. This includes historical information.

Today, citizens learn much of their historical information from digital and visual media. Citizens should be able to ask smart historical questions, understand historical context, and recognize when a historical fact is being misrepresented or distorted. To this end, the Lepage Center has created a new resource, titled “6 Steps To Historical Literacy.”

Lepage Center Introduces Guide to Combat Misinformation, Promote Media and Historical Literacy

“In an era of fake news, it is critical to instill in students and citizens the skills necessary to distinguish authoritative information from non,” says Lepage Center Director Jason Steinhauer. “Historical information is everywhere on the Web—from websites to Wikipedia—yet not all of it is accurate, honest, or authoritative. This resource allows students an easy starting point to assess historical information online and determine its credibility.”

When readers find historical information, a historical statement, or a reference to historical fact in any online media, we encourage them to ask themselves the above questions and think critically about what they encounter.

The Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest is a multifaceted resource that draws upon the past to impart lessons for the modern world. Led by Jason Steinhauer and Paul Steege, the Center engages the public through academic programs, research, publications and events. The center engages the public, policymakers, scholars, teachers and students from history and other fields—contributing to a more informed and engaged public. Among its primary goals, the Lepage Center strives to have a visible and tangible impact on the way history is taught to future generations.

To learn more about the Lepage Center, visit their website and their blog, Hindsights.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's six colleges—the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. Ranked among the nation’s top universities, Villanova supports its students’ intellectual growth and prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them. For more, visit www.villanova.edu.