Lynda Bergsma, NAMLE Past President
With the recent passing of Barry Duncan, media literacy education has lost an incredible champion. Barry was an award-winning teacher, author, media consultant and founder and past president of the Ontario based Association for Media Literacy.
Barry’s great mind, generosity and gentle spirit made him the “grand gentleman” of media literacy.
During his long and productive career in media literacy, he addressed over 10,000 teachers through workshops and keynote presentations in Canada, the US, and 13 other countries including Japan, Korea, Argentina, UK and Brazil. His presentations on such topics as Introduction to Media Education, Global Studies and Media, Understanding Media Audiences, Organizing Media Courses, and Integrating Media across the Curriculum were always inspiring. His body of work in media literacy has left us an immeasurable legacy.
As Renee Hobbs said in her Tribute to Barry Duncan his “call of the loon” at the end of our U.S media literacy conferences bound us together for many years – and reminded us of our deep connection to the communicative practices of the planet earth.” Due to failing health, Barry was unable to attend the 2011 NAMLE Conference in Philadelphia. At the closing ceremony, we missed Barry and the special tradition he gave us for closing our conferences. As a Canadian, I especially felt his loss and determined to brush up on my loon calls for our 2013 conference. Let us each think of ways we can advance the cause of media literacy to carry on Barry’s legacy.
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