With a focus on current events at both global and local levels, this class teaches students how to be rigorous and effective investigators. The class begins with readings and discussions concerning truth, lies, and bias in today’s oversaturated media landscape. We will consider how and where we find our information, what types of information and what sources of information we find valuable, and what we do with the information we have access to. As our attention turns to sound research practices and engaging with primary sources, we will then map these conversations onto current events at local levels, from advances in academic programs across UC Berkeley campus to things happening around the Bay Area, while looking for broader connections through deep research into local historical contexts. Over the course of the semester, students will also embark on a process of discovery related to a key issue or topic of their choice, and determine where, how, and why their discovery holds particular relevance to our world today. This process will culminate in a portfolio of research materials including an annotated bibliography, research paper, and research presentation.