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The "Media Literacy & Civic Engagement in the Digital Age" Symposium was a big success

September 30, 2018

Srivi Ramasubramanian

In collaboration with the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) and Texas A&M University this day-long conference on media literacy and civic engagement was held on September 28, 2018. This conference was a part of a series of honest, constructive dialogues hosted by NAMLE across the country with students, educators, content creators, and the public.

The goal of this event was to create a much-needed national conversation on the importance of media literacy and its essential role in today’s world.

135 participants including 30 high school students from Houston, Austin, and College Station attended this conference.


8:30am – 9am

Breakfast and Registration, MSC 2400

9am – 9:15am

Welcome by Dr. Srivi Ramasubramanian, Texas A&M and Michelle Ciulla Lipkin and Erin Reilly, NAMLE, MSC 2400

9:15am – 10am

Teaching Controversy: Turning Third-Rail Topics into Productive Debates

Barbara McCormack, Newseum, MSC 2400

10:15am – 11:30am

Keynote: Civic Imagination in Practice

Dr. Sangita Shresthova, Media and Culture Researcher, Scholar, University of Southern California and The Civic Imagination Project, MSC 2400

11:30am – 11:45am

Introduction to the 22X20 Initiative 

11:45am – 12:15pm

Lunch, MSC 2400

12:15pm – 1:15pm

Breakout Sessions (Choice of 3)

1. Angie Holan, Poynter Institute, Room 2400

Be MediaWise: Learning how to spot and squash hoaxes and misinformation

2. Dr. Kristin Drogos, University of Texas-Dallas, MSC 2401

Mediated Stereotypes

3. Dr. Jaqueline Vickery, University of North Texas, MSC 2404

Youth, Citizenship, & Activism in the Digital Age

1:30pm – 2:15pm

Youth Voices Panel

Moderated by Michelle Ciulla Lipkin

Panelists: Dana Branham- Dallas Morning News, Taylor Jackson Buchanan – Community Impact Newspaper, Luke Henkhaus – The Battalion, Samantha de Figueiredo, A&M Consolidated High School

2:15pm – 3:15pm

Closing Plenary: Media Literacy in Practice

Laura Donnelly, Latinitas, MSC 2400

3:15pm – 3:30pm

Wrap Up by Dr. Srivi Ramasubramanian, Texas A&M University and Michelle Ciulla Lipkin, NAMLE, MSC 2400

3:45pm – 4:15pm

Join the Battalion Editorial Team and tour the home base for the Texas A&M student newspaper (Room L400 of the Memorial Student Center). Those interested can join the tour guides at the registration desk. Light refreshments will be served.

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