UM Lecture to Discuss Truth, ‘Alternative Facts’

April 19, 2017

MISSOULA – The University of Montana College of Humanities and Sciences, in partnership with UM’s new Humanities Institute, will host “What is Truth? Evidence, Persuasion and ‘Alternative Facts’” on Thursday, April 27.

As the college’s annual Dialogue in Humanities and Sciences, the panel discussion will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Room 105 of the Harold and Priscilla Gilkey Building. The event is free and open to the public, and a light reception will follow.

This year’s discussion examines the complexities of dealing with and assessing the meaning of truth from a variety of angles – scientific, social and human. Investigating everything from the significance of evidence to the emergence of “alternative facts,” this year’s UM faculty panel features communication studies Professor Betsy Wackernagel Bach, biology Professor Doug Emlen and UM alumnus and H&S advisory board member Jim Murray, who also serves as a trial lawyer for Blank Rome LLP in Washington, D.C.

Returning to the dialogue will be UM alumnus and author Jeremy N. Smith, who will moderate the panel’s discussion.

“This event is always provocative and entertaining,” said H&S Dean Christopher Comer. “It is not to be missed.”

The 2017 H&S Teaching Awards will be announced at the start of the event. For more information call Ian Withrow, the college’s media and information coordinator, at 406-243-2683 or email


Contact: Ian Withrow, media and information coordinator, UM College of Humanities and Sciences, 406-243-2683,