Truth and Consequences

Symposium Schedule: April 25–28, 2024

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Screening & Discussion: 
A Tennessee Waltz: Ray Blanton’s Last Dance (2023)

Thursday, April 25 | 7:00–9:00
East Tennessee History Center

Murder-for-hire and paid pardons—discover a Tennessee governor’s buried history in WVLT's first-of-its-kind investigation into former Governor Ray Blanton and his administration.

Discuss the scandal's impact with film creator Brittany Tarwater veteran journalist, Tom Humphrey, and former US Attorney, Hal Hardin.

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

Friday, April 26 | 9:00–10:30
East Tennessee History Center 

Presenters from CCI Information Integrity Institute, UTK:

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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.

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Marie (1985)

Sunday, April 28 | 3:30–5:30
Central Cinema | Free

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

Presented by TAMIS


The Library thanks the partners making this program possible:

East Tennessee History Center
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Power T logo - Baker School of Public Policy and Public Affairs
Power T logo - Information Integrity Institute