Texas A&M Regional Event Schedule

Media Literacy and Civic Engagement in the Digital Age

Schedule of Events

 Texas A&M University – College Station, Texas 

Memorial Student Center (Gates Ballroom)


The goal of this event is to create a much-needed national conversation on the importance of media literacy and its essential role in today’s world. Some questions we will discuss at the event are:

  • What are the challenges that educators face in the ever-growing information landscape? And, what are some possible solutions to overcome these challenges?
  • What do we need to know and understand to become active and engaged citizens?
  • Can effective media literacy education restore trust in the media?
  • How do we define the future of media literacy education?

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

In today’s world, there seems to be an endless list of issues that have a vital impact on our lives, but also the potential to derail in a class session due to inappropriate content or divisive ideas. As First Amendment educators, the NewseumED team has spent years developing tools and techniques for turning these topics countless flashpoints and controversies – from racism and obscenity to threats of violence – into teachable moments. In this session, participants will learn the preparation and discussion methods to build a successful practice of teaching controversy.

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

If anything was possible, what would you want the world of journalism and media literacy to be like in the year 2060? What are your aspirations when it comes to news, truth and storytelling and other issues of concern? How can they inspire us to act today?

These are the questions we’ll answer together in this creative, collaborative session on the civic imagination – our collective vision for what a better tomorrow might look like. Come and learn about the civic imagination, connect with others, and put your dreams into action.

11:30am – 11:45am

Introduction to the 22X20 Initiative 

22×20 is a groundbreaking national campaign that supports youth, building nonpartisan media literacy skills to interpret, critique, and respond to political messages as a critical step towards engagement. Hear from Jules Beesely from the campaign and how you can get involved.

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

Can you spot fact from fake? It’s not as easy as you think. In this session, you’ll learn fact-checking and verification techniques from expert fact-checkers fighting against the spread of misinformation. You’ll also learn about MediaWise, a new project of the Poynter Institute and the Stanford History Education Group with support from Google.org to teach and train 1 million students on the skills needed to detect and debunk suspect stories, photos and videos.

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

Mediated Stereotypes.

Join Kristin Drogos in this breakout session to learn more about the psychological and social processes involved in stereotype creation and maintenance. Special attention will paid to the role of media in the creation and and reinforcement of people’s stereotypes. We will also explore how the media can be used to break down stereotypes.

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

Youth, Citizenship, & Activism in the Digital Age

Although young people participate in digital spaces on a daily basis, they are frequently only addressed as consumers, rather than as citizens. In this session you’ll learn about tools, strategies, and literacies that help young people navigate and participate in digital spaces for the purposes of activism and citizenship.

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, MSC 2400, Samantha de Figueiredo, A&M Consolidated High School

Young people today are the first generation to have experienced modern communication technology and social media from the day they were born. Adults have a lot to say about them and their relationship with technology and media. This conversation will be a chance for them to give their perspective and input on how they navigate the information landscape.

2:15pm – 3:15pm

Closing Plenary: Media Literacy in Practice

Laura Donnelly, Latinitas, MSC 2400

Lab Latinitas: a 16 year old Texas-based empowerment non-profit for girls will demonstrate the academic, professional and social impact of media literacy education through the vehicles of relevant mentorship, out of school enrichment and the publishing of the only magazine made for and by young Latinas. Founder Laura Donnelly and program leader Megan Lopez will present girl-produced content, anecdotal and researched examples and sample lessons that reflect almost two decades of shaping the next generation of diverse voices in media and tech.

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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