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“Finding Bigfoot” comes to Stetson

Finding Bigfoot

Representatives from the Animal Planet show “Finding Bigfoot” will be visiting Stetson to talk to students about journalism.

Stetson University’s journalism program will be hosting two visitors from the Animal Planet show “Finding Bigfoot” on Monday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. in the Stetson Room of the Carlton Union Building. This event is free and open to the public.

On “Finding Bigfoot,” a four-person team from the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO) — the leading scientific research organization exploring the Bigfoot/Sasquatch mystery — investigates supposed Sasquatch sightings by interviewing locals, examining evidence and infiltrating the woodlands and forests in places where Bigfoot has been reported. The team listens to tales of run-ins with Bigfoot before generating reconstructions of the encounters to judge their plausibility or dismiss them as hoaxes.

“Journalism is sponsoring this event because I think the show and the question and answer session will illustrate the value of things that journalists—and those in the liberal arts and sciences—do on a regular basis: ask questions, interview others, do field research, and investigate, all while maintaining healthy skepticism, even in the face of belief,” said Andy Dehnart, lecturer and director of the journalism program. “It also gives our students a chance to do some interviewing and inquiry of their own.”