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Honoring a Canadian Pioneer in Media Literacy and a Good Friend of NAMLE

[ 0 ] June 16, 2012 |

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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About Lynda Bergsma: Lynda Bergsma, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor in the University of Arizona Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, Director of the Arizona State Office of Rural Program, and Director of the Media Wise Initiative which she founded in 1992. In addition to her teaching, Dr. Bergsma combines a background in media production and education with her training and work in public health to plan and implement programs, develop curricula, provide training and consulting services, and conduct research on the impact of our media culture on public health issues and the efficacy of media literacy education as a health promotion strategy. She is a national leader in the use of media literacy education as a tobacco use prevention education strategy for youth. A nationally recognized speaker and workshop facilitator, Dr. Bergsma also writes many articles on media literacy. Recently publications include: Effectiveness of Health-Promoting Media Literacy Education: A Systematic Review; Media Literacy and Prevention: Going Beyond "Just Say No" and Empowerment Education: The link Between Media Literacy and Health Promotion. Dr. Bergsma holds a Master's Degree in Health Education and a Ph.D. in Higher Education and Sociology from the University of Arizona. She was a founding board member of the AMLA, Program Chair for two National Media Education Conferences, 1st Vice President, and has been President since 2004. View author profile.

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