CANCELLED: Chat & Chowder with Richard Stengel | Information Wars

Add to Calendar 11/19/2019 18:00 11/19/2019 19:30 America/New_York CANCELLED: Chat & Chowder with Richard Stengel | Information Wars CANCELLED [email protected] McDermott Will & Emery, 28 State Street, Suite 3400, Boston, MA 02109 MM/DD/YYYY


This event was unfortunately cancelled. Richard Stengel was called to testify in front of Congress on the same day. Stay tuned, this event will be rescheduled for the beginning of 2020.


Within days of Stengel joining the State Department in February of 2013, ISIS executed American journalist James Foley in a graphic video seen by tens of millions, and Vladimir Putin’s Russian special forces invaded Crimea. Stengel—the single person in government tasked with unpacking, disproving, and combating both ISIS’s messaging and Russian disinformation—was thrust onto the front lines of this battle, and found himself hopelessly outgunned. Stengel discovers firsthand that government is not very good at creating messaging. Ultimately in a democracy, it is not the role of the government to determine what is true information. Stengel argues that it is crucial that we do more to educate the public about media. As Stengel says, “We don’t have a fake news problem, we have a media literacy problem.”

Richard Stengel was the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs from 2013-2016. Before working at the State Department, he was the editor of Time for seven years, from 2006-2013. From 1992 to 1994, he collaborated with Nelson Mandela on the South African leader’s autobiography Long Walk to Freedom. Stengel later wrote Mandela’s Way, a New York Times bestseller, on his experience working with Mandela. He lives in New York.

WorldBoston's Chat & Chowder features key authors on international affairs in an engaging setting. In addition to discussion of a featured book (usually sold at a significant discount), the program offers the opportunity for discussion among members and guests - and of course a selection of chowders and beverages. Tickets $15 for WorldBoston members and $25 for general admission.


Date and Time
11/19/2019: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
McDermott Will & Emery, 28 State Street, Suite 3400, Boston, MA 02109
[email protected]