It is said that we live in a "post-truth" world, riddled with "fake news" and "alternative facts". Sometimes it's hard to know what to think, and who to trust. And yet, we think, surely some things can be known. The question is: how?
In this lecture, CBS Library's resident writing consultant, Thomas Basbøll, will argue that knowledge is not just a state of mind, but also a practical competence. Our universities are here to develop that competence in students and support it among the faculty. Being knowledgeable, he will suggest, requires you to master three broad sets of skills: the ability to make up your mind, the ability to speak your mind, and the ability to write it down. He will offer a set of practical tips to help you develop these skills, which will serve you not just in school, but in your career, whether inside or outside the university.
This lecture also serves as an introduction to the services provided by CBS Library to support your research and writing processes. He will talk about how to use the library to review a relevant body of literature and discover material facts. He'll show you how to make best use of your librarians and how to get help to improve your writing.
The lecture lasts about an hour. Afterwards, there will be time for questions. It is open to all students and staff at CBS.