Tucson Festival of Books

Barbara McQuade


Sponsored by Barbara E. Stokely

Barbara McQuade is a professor from practice at the University of Michigan Law School, her alma mater, where she teaches courses in criminal law, criminal procedure, national security and data privacy. She is also a legal analyst for NBC News and MSNBC and a co-host of the podcast #SistersInLaw. From 2010 to 2017, McQuade served as U.S Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. Ms. McQuade was appointed by President Barack Obama, and was the first woman to serve in her position. Earlier in her career, she worked as a sports writer and copy editor, a judicial law clerk, an associate in private practice and an assistant U.S. attorney.

It's a fact...we are being lied to across the media, flooding us with disinformation. How do we fight back? Legal expert Barbara McQuade breaks down the ways this happens and offers practical solutions to strengthen our public media. As a professor at the University of Michigan Law School teaching criminal and national security law, she knows what she is talking about. Disinformation is a cancer distroying our democracy. Her new book "Attack from Within: How Disinformation is Sabotaging America" releases February 2024. 

"A great public servant and one of the most acute observers of our time shares insightful views about the menace of disinformation—its history, its dangers, how it threatens America in particular and how we fix the problem. This is a compelling work about a challenge that—left unexamined and left unchecked—could undermine our democracy."

—Eric H. Holder Jr, 82nd Attorney General of the United States

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Scheduled events:
Dangerous Information
Information is at our fingertips, but so is disinformation, the damaging and intentional spreading of lies. Barbara McQuade explains the consequences while Jeff Horwitz reveals how Facebook failed to curb the spread of those lies as they became mainstream rhetoric. Then along comes Artificial Intelligence: AI is everywhere, including its somewhat frightening use for facial recognition technology that robs us of our privacy, as Kashmir Hill found.

Student Union Gallagher Theater (Seats 337)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Kashmir Hill, Jeff Horwitz, Barbara McQuade
Moderator: Frank Figliuzzi
Barbara McQuade
Attack From Within: How Disinformation Is Sabotaging America

The Censored Press, Booth #175 (Seats 1)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science

Author: Barbara McQuade
First Amendment Protections, Abuses
The First Amendment protects the freedom of speech, religion and the press. As a nation, we are now examining the extent of those rights. How much should we be able to say about individuals or events without common-sense restrictions? What happens when our leaders declare America a Christian nation? Are newspapers and other media too free or are the guaranteed freedoms in jeopardy? Three authors discuss these significant issues of our times.

Student Union Gallagher Theater (Seats 337)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Martin Baron, Robert Jones, Barbara McQuade
Moderator: Stephen Golden

Book:
Attack from Within
How Disinformation Is Sabotaging America
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Seven Stories Press
February 2024
ISBN 9781644213636
cl, 416 pages
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Legal expert, Barbara McQuade, details the systematic way disinformation is used across the media to drive voters to extremes and disempower our respected legal structures, negatively impacting democracy itself. More/less