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CCMTI 2019: Information Literacy and ‘Fake News’: The Search for Truth

Are we living in a “post-truth” era in which feelings outweigh evidence, “alternative facts” take precedence, and “truth” is whatever we wish it to be?

Social media sites, the wide spread use of the Internet, and other means of instantaneous communication have increased the possibility of disinformation and eroded trust in traditional media, universities, and other institutions. How serious is this issue? According to the Pew Research Center, 1 in 5 U.S. adults say they often consume news via social media. However, “more than 40 percent of visits to 65 fake news sites come from social media, compared to around 10 percent of visits to 690 top US news sites,” according to a 2017 study by researchers from NYU and Stanford. (Danielle Kurtzleben, read more here)

In the current climate, is fake news unavoidable? How can individuals, corporations, and governments confront this phenomenon? What are the broader implications of the dissemination of global disinformation regarding democracy, media, science, elections, religion, health care, trust in the government, climate change, identity, and bias?

Please join us for a two-day curriculum development workshop focused on these issues and explore how to respond as a resilient and dynamic learning community. We will examine this topic through the disciplinary perspectives of political science, economics, communications, information science, environmental studies, business, geography, history, sociology, and other frameworks. Learn how to incorporate provocative ideas into your existing curricula, develop activities to bring back to the classroom, and connect with colleagues.


Dates: July 11 – 12, 2019 (Thursday and Friday)

Time: 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Registration (Thursday)

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Workshop (Thursday)

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Workshop (Friday)

Location: University of Washington, Seattle campus

This institute will bring together community college educators interested in networking with their peers and incorporating new information on information literacy and ‘fake news’ into their teaching and mentoring. Community college faculty from all disciplines, especially including STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), are encouraged to apply. University of Washington and community college faculty, practitioners, and graduate students will lead this two day workshop.

We expect lively discussions and informative lectures. Community college educators will be paid a stipend of $150.00 if they are selected to participate and attend all of the two-day programming.  This workshop does not include clock hours. Travel stipends will be available for those coming from east of the Cascades and outside of Washington State.

Applications are due on or before June 14, 2019. We will notify all applicants by June 23, 2019 if they have been accepted into the program.

To apply click here

Sponsored by the National Resource Centers of the Henry M. Jackson School of International
Studies – University of Washington, Northwest International Education Association, Global
Business Center at the Michael G. Foster School of Business – University of Washington,
Institute for Regional and International Studies – University of Wisconsin, and funded by the
United States Department of Education.

For more information, please contact Tamara Leonard at or call 206.685-2354.

About the Community College Master Teacher Institute

“A terrific project for an often overlooked education sector (community colleges). There are few to no other opportunities like this for community college professors.” – CCMTI Participant

The Community College Master Teacher Institute (CCMTI) is a two-day training for community college instructors organized by the Center for Global Studies at the University of Washington. Founded in 2003 by Tamara Leonard, Managing Director of the Center for Global Studies, the goal of CCMTI is to build the capacity of community college instructors to teach about international affairs, and in turn through the classes these instructors teach, increase community college students’ knowledge and understanding of global issues. The Institute aims to meet this objective in four ways: helping instructors become familiar with the topic; encouraging instructors to incorporate topics into new and existing courses; providing instructional resources for use both inside and outside the classroom; and fostering a resource network of community college educators within and beyond Washington State. The Institute brings together a vast network of dedicated professors, educators, researchers, and practitioners to share in the training and offer their expertise on the chosen subject.

Past CCMTI Workshops

CCMTI 2018: Global Populism- At Home and Abroad

Last year’s CCMTI workshop was held July 12-13, 2018 at the UW campus. Community college professors engaged in two days of discussions and lectures with UW faculty, graduate students, and practitioners on that year’s topic – Global Populisms.

CCMTI 2017: Global Human Security, A Multidisciplinary Perspective  

“With the end of the Cold War a new and broader concept of security has emerged, one no longer characterized by the defense of the borders of our countries from clear and predictable security threats but rather, one characterized by multifaceted and multidimensional security challenges and threats that are more difficult to predict.

This broader approach to security recognizes the importance of political, economic, social and environmental factors, in addition to the indispensable defense dimension. The consequence is therefore that international security and stability depend on political, economic, social, and environmental elements, alongside military aspects.”

                            – His Excellency the Honorable Franco Frattini at the 29th International  Workshop on Global Security.

Emerging cyber security threats, global warming, chronic and persistent poverty, human trafficking, health pandemics, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, failed states and non-state actors, and international terrorism – these are just a few of the critical challenges facing us today.

This year’s two day curriculum development workshop focused on these issues and how to respond as a resilient and dynamic learning community.  Community College educators examined global human security through the disciplinary perspectives of economics, communications, anthropology, environmental studies, business, geography, cultural studies, sociology, and other frameworks. Educators learned how to incorporate these topics into existing curricula, develop activities to bring back to the classroom, and connect with colleagues. University of Washington and community college faculty, practitioners, and graduate students lead the two day workshop.

2016 INSTITUTE HIGHLIGHTCrispin Thurlow presents at CCMTI

The 2016 CCMTI marked yet another successful institute, bringing together 24 competitively selected community college instructors from Washington, Oregon, Wisconsin, and Michigan. The topic was Global Tourism and sparked conversations from economic, environmental, anthropological, and sociological frameworks. Keynote speaker Crispin Thurlow (left) delivered an inspiring and engaging presentation on the tourism, globalization, communities and sustainability for the start of the 2016 CCMTI.

Read more about the 2016 CCMTI in the featured Jackson School event profile:

Past Institute Themes

2016 Global Tourism: A Multidisciplinary Perspective

2015 Human Migration & Refugees: Peril and Hope

2014 Global Development & Changing Gender Roles

2013 At the Crossroads: Climate Change, the Environment, and Social Justice

2012 Global Education for a Sustainable Future

2011 Social Media and Social Change

2010 Global Human Security

For more information, please contact Tamara Leonard at