King shares in UMFK Scholars Symposium via video

FORT KENT, Maine — U.S. Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) released a video Friday, April 20, congratulating students at University of Maine Fort Kent (UMFK) and highlighting the importance of an informed citizenry.

The video played during UMFK’s 9thAnnual Scholars’ Symposium on April 19. King was unable to attend the event in person.

The full version of his remarks are available for viewing HERE, and shorter clips can be viewed HERE.

“Our whole system rests upon an informed citizenry,” he said in the video. “Think about that for a minute: an informed citizenry, not a misinformed citizenry. And if we as consumers of information are taken in by propaganda and disinformation, we can’t make good decisions. We can’t elect good leaders. We can’t follow up on good policies if we don’t have the facts…What you’re doing is important. It’s important for your community, for the university – but it’s also important for the country.”

The UMFK Scholars’ Symposium included presentations and discourse focused on issues relevant to the region and to the institution’s mission. The topic of this year’s symposium was What’s Real, What’s Not: In Search of Truth, and featured a keynote speech from Josh Pasek, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Michigan.

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