Thursday, May 18, 2023
at the Hope Club
6 Benevolent Street, Providence
Countering the Global Problem of Extremism with Media Literacy
All around the world, the normalization of hate and the growing prevalence of violence is heightening stress and dulling compassion. Violent extremists have targeted elected officials, military, and police as well as private individuals they see as “different” based on race, gender, national origin and other factors. The changing information ecosystem has led to the widespread dissemination of falsehoods and inflammatory propaganda that affects the workplace, the community, the school, and family life. In this talk, Professor Renee Hobbs shares insights from her recent work in Brazil and the Netherlands, which have responded to the need for digital and media literacy education with a number of policy actions that address the ever-evolving needs of adults, teachers, and students.
Renee Hobbs is an internationally-recognized authority on digital and media literacy education who works to advance the quality of digital and media literacy education in the United States and around the world. A professor at the Harrington School of Communication and Media at the University of Rhode Island, she is also Founder and Director of the Media Education Lab. Hobbs has authored 12 books and more than 200 scholarly and professional articles on subjects including media literacy education, propaganda, digital learning, and copyright and fair use. Hobbs has raised nearly $5 million in funding for media literacy initiatives and offered professional development programs on four continents. She earned an Ed.D from Harvard Graduate School of Education and an M.A. and B.A. from the University of Michigan.
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