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Alberto Cairo on Misleading Data and Visualizations

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The Urban Institute is pleased to welcome Alberto Cairo, Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the University of Miami, to a special evening event about misleading data visualizations.

Cairo will speak on his concept of “visual trumpery.”  The English word “trumpery” means worthless nonsense, something that is showy and deceitful at the same time. Trumpery can occur in text, verbally, or visually. This nonpartisan talk focuses on the visual, examining misleading charts, graphs, and data maps designed by individuals and organizations from all over the political spectrum.

Cairo will use these examples to instill a solid understanding of “graphicacy,” the word he uses to refer to visual literacy. Cairo believes a literate, numerate, and graphicate citizenry is the best antidote for a world where, in his view, trumpery runs rampant.


  • Alberto Cairo, Knight Chair in Visual Journalism, University of Miami
    Cairo has two decades of experience as an infographics and data visualization journalist and designer. He has led visualization teams in Spain, Brazil, and the United States. He teaches visualization at the University of Miami and has worked as a consultant for companies, media organizations, and educational institutions in more than 20 countries.
  • Jonathan Schwabish, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute
    Schwabish is an economist, writer, teacher, and creator of policy-relevant data visualizations. He is considered a leading voice for clarity and accessibility in how researchers communicate their findings.

Registration will begin at 6:30 p.m. The program will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. For inquiries regarding this event, please contact [email protected].

Date & Time Friday, January 26, 2018
Urban Institute 2100 M Street NW
5th floor
Washington , DC , 20037
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  • Senior Fellow