One Book Author Patterson Touring S.D. in October

One Book Tour Includes Visits to Pierre, Sioux Falls, Rapid City

By Ryan Woodard

Media expert Thomas E. Patterson, the 2018 One Book South Dakota author who discussed the state of news at the September South Dakota Festival of Books, will return to the state this month. 

As part of his One Book Tour, Patterson will visit the Rapid City Public Library in Rapid City at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 and the Avera Prairie Center in Sioux Falls at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28. 

Patterson's book "Informing the News: The Need for Knowledge-Based Journalism," which is being read and discussed across the state as the 2018 One Book South Dakota, argues that deeply introspective, or "knowledge-based," reporting is crucial to the future of democracy and public awareness.

One Book author Thomas E. Patterson and Andy Boyle during a panel at the South Dakota Festival of Books in Brookings in September 2018.

One Book author Thomas E. Patterson and Andy Boyle discuss the state of news media in the “Modern Media: How Did We Get Here? Where Do We Go Now?” panel at the 2018 South Dakota Festival of Books in Brookings. 

'Intellectual Dishonesty' a 'Path to Demagoguery'

During his keynote lecture at the Festival of Books in Brookings Sept. 20-23, Patterson said the nation is heading down a dangerous path of misinformation.

"Once people lose touch with and lose respect for truth, other things start to unravel," he said. "Several decades ago the philosopher Hannah Arendt identified intellectual dishonesty as the path to demagoguery."

"'The rise of tyrants,' she wrote, 'is abetted by people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exist.' America is further down that path than you might think."

Patterson believes "knowledge-based" reporting is crucial to solving misinformation issues that are prevalent in the digital information era.

Patterson, a graduate of South Dakota State University in Brookings, provides the centerpiece of programming surrounding SDHC's 2018 initiative, "Democracy and the Informed Citizen."

Patterson the Centerpiece for 'Democracy and the Informed Citizen' Initiative

The South Dakota Humanities Council, National Endowment for the Humanities and other state humanities councils are promoting information literacy and civic engagement with the "Democracy and the Informed Citizen" initiative. As part of its programming in support of the nationwide effort, SDHC featured Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists and social media experts at the Festival of Books.

Patterson's "Informing the News" speaks not only to journalists but to all who are concerned about the integrity of the information on which America's democracy depends. These are the same two groups targeted by "Democracy and the Informed Citizen."

The South Dakota Humanities Council and South Dakota Center for the Book produce One Book Tours as often as possible to provide additional opportunities for audiences to interact with the author. The annual One Book program began in 2003.

Please see the full tour information below.

2018 One Book author Thomas E. Patterson discusses the state of news media in 2018 with South Dakota Public Broadcasting's Lori Walsh on her

One Book author Thomas E. Patterson discusses the state of news media in 2018 with South Dakota Public Broadcasting's Lori Walsh on her "In the Moment" radio program.

One Book S.D. Tour Dates and Times

  • Friday, Oct. 26 – RAPID CITY, 6:30 p.m.

    Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St

    Book sales by Books-A-Million
  • Saturday, Oct. 27 – PIERRE, 3 p.m.
    Cultural Heritage Center, 900 Governors Dr
    Book sales by The Heritage Store
  • Sunday, Oct. 28 – SIOUX FALLS, 2:30 p.m.
    Avera Prairie Center, 1000 E 23rd St
    Book sales by Zandbroz Variety

More About Thomas Patterson

Thomas E. Patterson is Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press at the Harvard Kennedy School. Patterson has written several books, including "The Vanishing Voter," which looks at the causes and consequences of electoral participation, and "Out of Order," which received the American Political Science Association's Graber Award as the best book of the decade in political communication.

His first book, "The Unseeing Eye," was named by the American Association for Public Opinion Research as one of the 50 most influential books on public opinion in the past half-century. He is also the author of "Mass Media Election: How Americans Choose Their President," and two general American government texts: "The American Democracy" and "We the People." His articles have appeared in "Political Communication," "Journal of Communication," and other academic journals, as well as in the popular press.

Patterson completed his undergraduate degree at South Dakota State University in Brookings and received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1971. His research has been funded by the Ford, Markle, Smith-Richardson, Pew, Knight, Carnegie, and National Science foundations. For more on Patterson and the One Book, please visit our One Book SD page.

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