In October – December 2015, EESC, implementing promotion of seniors’ information literacy project supported by Lithuanian Culture Council, arranged 17 lectures for students of Third Age University (TAU) in different Lithuanian cities and towns.
Main purpose of the project – to improve seniors’ ability of critical thinking, to recognize propaganda, improve immunity against disinformation, increase knowledge about modern information technologies, their usage and tendencies in media. During the lectures, authors of the project, together with visiting lecturers, introduced analytical material „How to recognize hostile information?” prepared by Eastern Europe Study Centre. Also, brochures with main thesis of the lectures were given to participants.
All in all, 716 participants (average of 42 in one lecture) attended the lectures. It is important to stress that wide geographical spectrum of the project allowed to visit different regions and affiliates of TAU which attracts lesser attention. After introduction of material, lecturers willingly discussed and answered the questions, so interactivity was ensured. Eventually, questions and remarks of participants complemented introduced material. Lectures were carried out by interim director of EESC Laurynas Kasčiūnas, analysts Dovilė Šukytė and Linas Kojala, by visiting lecturers, such as Vladimiras Laučius and others.
Content of the lectures and large number of practical examples allowed seniors to learn more about fundamental techniques of propaganda, their application and current situation of public sphere.