Truth and Consequences: Film and conversation on information, news

Mary Pom ClaiborneOur Town Readers

With AI, deep fakes and online influencers adding to the already complex landscape of media disruption and information integrity, the library is partnering with area experts to take a close look at how news and information have changed in the last decade. Knox County Public Library is pleased to present Truth and Consequences: A series of film and conversations on information integrity in today’s world from April 25-28, 2024. This is a follow-up to its 2016 symposium. All events are free and open to the public.

Screening and Discussion: A Tennessee Waltz: Ray Blanton’s Last Dance

Thursday, April 25 | 7-9 | East Tennessee History Center (601 S. Gay Street)

Murder-for-hire and paid pardons – discover a Tennessee governor’s buried history in WVLT’s first-of-its-kind investigation into former Gov. Ray Blanton and his administration. A discussion of the documentary and the role of the media in exposing the scandal follows with film creator, WVLT’s Brittany Tarwater, and veteran journalist Tom Humphrey.

Panel Discussion: AI, Deep Fakes, Online Influencers & Political Communication 

Friday, April 26 | 9-10:30 a.m. | East Tennessee History Center

Presenters from CCI Information Integrity Institute, UTK:

Conversation: First Amendment, Social Media and Democracy

Friday, April 26 | 10:45-noon | East Tennessee History Center


Glenn Reynolds, author of Social Media Upheaval (2019), is the Beauchamp Brogan Distinguished Professor of Law at UTK.

Jesse Mayshark is the co-founder of Compass, an online news site that provides news, insights and analysis of Knoxville and Knox County government, politics and business.

Screening: Marie (1985)

Sunday, April 28 | 3:30-5 | Central Cinema (1205 N. Central St)

Sissy Spacek stars as whistle-blower Marie Ragghianti in this dramatized story of the federal investigation of the pardon and parole corruption under Tennessee Gov. Ray Blanton. PG-13. Presented by TAMIS.

Truth and Consequences was made possible through partnership with these organizations:

  • Institute of Information Integrity, UTK
  • Baker School of Public Policy and Public Affairs, Institute of American Civics
  • WVLT
  • Compass
  • Leadership Knoxville
  • Friends of the Library
  • East Tennessee Historical Society

Mary Pom Claiborne is assistant director for marketing, communications and development for Knox County Public Library


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