Symposium on media literacy education to be held Sept. 20

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Program set for URI’s Providence campus

KINGSTON, R.I. – September 19, 2013- This Friday the public will be given a chance to explore the history of media literacy that address the most vital current and future challenges that teachers, students, and scholars face today.

Symposium on the Historical Roots of Media Literacy Education set for Sept. 20.

WHO: Sarah Bordac, organizer of the Symposium on the Historical Roots of Media Literacy Education; Renee Hobbs, professor and founding director of the Harrington School of Communications and Media at the University of Rhode Island; Marieli Row, executive director of the National Telemedia Council; Tessa Jolls of the Los Angeles-based Center for Media Literacy; Alan Levitt, former communications director of the White House Office on National Drug Control Policy; and Michael RobbGrieco, a doctoral student in the mass communications department. Scholars, practitioners, and students in education, media studies, library sciences, history, cultural studies and other fields.

WHAT: A symposium on the Historical Roots of Media Literacy Education, cosponsored by the Media Education Lab and the National Association for Media Literacy Education. The public will view a variety of print, audiovisual, and curriculum artifacts from the recent acquisition of the Elizabeth Thoman Media Literacy Archive. Thoman was editor of Media and Values magazine from 1977 to 1993 and founder of the Center for Media Literacy, a leading national non-profit organization in the United States. The symposium concludes with a special screening of videos from the history of media literacy from 5 to 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

WHEN: Friday September 20, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE: Paff Auditorium, University of Rhode Island’s Providence Campus, 80 Washington Street, Providence, R.I. The video screening is at the Cable Cinema, 204 South Main St., Providence R.I.

More information about the symposium and free online registration is available at:

This Media Advisory was written by Caitlin Musselman, a URI Marketing & Communications intern and a public relations and political science major.