[act-ma] 5/22/13 -- Flash Forum "Social Media in the Boston Marathon Bombings" presented by Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk

Mary Curtin marycurtin at comcast.net
Fri May 17 11:28:05 PDT 2013

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Garrett Quinn (news correspondent, Watertown TAB & blogger, boston.com),
Adam Gaffin (editor, Universal Hub),
Cheryl Fiandaca (Bureau Chief of Public Information, BPD);

discussion moderated by
Skip Perham (Clerk, Ford Hall Forum Board)

Wednesday, May 22, 6:30-8:00 pm

(Boston, MA 02114) Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University presents Social
Media in the Boston Marathon Bombings, a Flash Forum with Garrett Quinn,
Adam Gaffin, and Cheryl Fiandaca; moderated by Skip Perham. Wednesday, May
22, 6:30-8:00 pm. Admission is free and open to all. C. Walsh Theatre at
Suffolk University, 55 Temple St., Boston. Wheelchair accessible and
conveniently located near the Park St. MBTA Station. For more information,
contact Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University: 617-557-2007,
www.fordhallforum.org <http://www.fordhallforum.org/> .

As the Boston Marathon bombing crisis unfolded over a week's time, we
witnessed firsthand how integral social media is to a public emergency in
these modern times. While Redditors worked to identify the culprits,
innocent victims were wrongly accused. It facilitated both the accommodation
of those stranded after the Marathon and urban legends of those supposedly

We were thankful for the connection to loved ones during Friday's lockdown,
yet did little besides exacerbating our own fears while glued to Facebook
for eight hours. 

Join Garrett Quinn (news correspondent, Watertown TAB and Blogger,
Boston.com), Adam Gaffin (Editor, Universal Hub), and Cheryl Fiandaca
(Bureau Chief of Public Information, Boston Police Department) as they
discuss with moderator Skip Perham (Board Clerk, Ford Hall Forum) how we can
capitalize on social media's incredible benefits of crowd sourcing and speed
while protecting against its inaccuracy and fear-mongering.

Flash Forums are programs that Ford Hall Forum plan to produce right when
the news hits. Arranged roughly a week or two in advance, Flash Forums will
bring in an expert speaker, either in person or via Skype, to deliberate on
a hot-off-the-press issue.

About Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University:

Ford Hall Forum is the nation's oldest free public lecture series. The Forum
provides an open venue for sharing opinions and discussing controversial
points of view. It advances the First Amendment through freedom of
expression, encouraging attendees to engage directly with speakers. Ford
Hall Forum discussions illuminate the key issues facing our society by
bringing to its podium knowledgeable and thought-provoking orators from a
broad range of perspectives. These experts participate for free, and in
settings that promote a culture of involvement in a non-partisan

The Forum began in 1908 as a series of Sunday evening public meetings held
at the Ford Hall, which once stood on Beacon Hill in Boston. While the
original building no longer exists, the public conversations have continued
throughout the Boston area with the generous support from state agencies,
foundations, corporations, academic institutions, and individuals. In its
104th year of programming, the Forum continues to build upon its partnership
with Suffolk University. Suffolk is now housing the Forum's administrative
offices just a block away from where the original Ford Hall once stood.

Ford Hall Forum programs are made possible through the generous
contributions from individual members as well as corporations and
foundations, including American International Group (AIG), AMES Hotel,
Broadway Video, Compass Eight, The Fred & Marty Corneel Fund, Gray Media,
Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council, Helen Rees
Literary Agency, Iron Mountain, Jackson & Company, LCMG Certified Public
Accountants, The Lowell Institute, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Nellie
Mae Education Foundation, Penny Pimentel, The Pfizer Foundation, Plymouth
Rock Assurance Corporation, Prince Lobel & Tye, Saturday Night Live, Suffolk
University, True North,  and WBUR 90.9 FM.

For more information on Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University, visit
www.fordhallforum.org. Information about Suffolk University's partnership
with the Ford Hall Forum can be obtained by contacting Mariellen Norris,
(617) 573-8450, mnorris at suffolk.edu.

--submitted by marycurtinproductions (on behalf of Ford Hall Forum)
c/o Mary Curtin
PO Box 290703, Charlestown, MA 02129
617-241-9664, 617-470-5867 (cell), marycurtin at comcast.net
"dedicated to staging insightful entertainment, particularly in
non-traditional venues"

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