Texas A&M Event Speakers

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Srivi.RamasubramanianSrividya (Srivi) Ramasubramanian is Professor of Communication at Texas A&M University. Her scholarship focuses on media psychology, intercultural communication, cultural diversity, and social justice. Her work has been recognized with the 2017 NAMLE Outstanding Researcher Award, Graduate Faculty Mentoring Award, ACE Award for Women’s Progress, and Outstanding Diversity Team Award. She is cofounder of Media Rise (a nonprofit for meaningful media) and founding chair of the TAMU Communicating Diversity Student Conference.

shresthova-headshotSangita Shresthova focuses on digital media, civics, participation, the civic imagination and cross cultural dialogue. Her recent work has focused on storytelling and surveillance among American Muslim youth, the Kony2012 campaign, and global Bollywood. She is one of the authors of By Any Media Necessary: The New Activism of Youth, a book published in 2016. Her creative work has been presented in academic and creative venues around the world including the Schaubuehne (Berlin), the Other Festival (Chennai), the EBS International Documentary Festival (Seoul).  She is currently the Director of Research for the Civic Imagination Project @Civic Paths at the University  of Southern, California.


Barbara McCormack is vice president of education at the Newseum. McCormack leads the team responsible for creating NewseumED: quality, educational resources and programs on First Amendment freedoms and media literacy. Through on-site and virtual classes and its website, NewseumED reaches 10 million students.

img_0492.jpgMichelle Ciulla Lipkin is the Executive Director of the National Association for Media Literacy Education. As Executive Director, Michelle has helped NAMLE grow to be the preeminent media literacy education association in the U.S. She launched the first ever Media Literacy Week in the U.S., developed strategic partnerships with media companies such as Participant Media, Nickelodeon, and Twitter, and restructured both the governance and membership of the organization. She has also overseen three national conferences and done countless appearances at conferences and in the media regarding the importance of media literacy education. Since 2017, Michelle has advocated for greater media literacy education through CNN, PBS News Hour, NPR, The New York Times, and Al Jazeera English.

Laura Donnelly Headshot.JPGLaura Donnelly has been a journalist, a book publicist for Maya Angelou, former President Jimmy Carter and even “Jurassic Park” creator Michael Crichton, a documentary filmmaker – even a p.a. For the Geraldo Rivera show. She majored in English and minored in Computer Science in 1993 at Fairleigh Dickinson University in NJ. There, she learned (ahem, preparing to date herself) Basic, Fortran and C, cutting edge then. 23 years later, she is back in tech education introducing Latina and other girls of color to Javascript, CSS, HTML, robotics and more in addition to the fun of digital media production. While getting her masters at the University of Texas Austin, Laura co-founded the first magazine made for and by young Latinas and a non-profit that empowers girls to innovate through media and technology,  Currently Latinitas’ CEO, Laura leads operations, resource development program management and magazine publishing for the organization’s Austin, TX hub and chapter office in El Paso. Donnelly has been recognized for her role in empowering young Latinas as a 2010 winner of Austin’s Under 40 awards, the YWCA of Austin Woman of the Year, “Leader of Promise” and nationally as Hispanicize’s Positive Impact Award winner in 2015. She was also 1 of 46 selected to the Mayor’s special task force to End Systemic and Institutional Racism this year, a 2013 Leadership Austin Essentials graduate, Austin Innotech’s Woman of the Year and a finalist for Austin Business Journals Profiles in Power award in 2017. She is the mother of 9 year old “Latinito” Lucas Gonzalez and is engaged to Jon Salinas, an architect.

HolanHeadshotAngie Drobnic Holan is the editor of PolitiFact, the national politics fact-checking website that plays a leading role in journalism’s fact-checking movement. She has been with PolitiFact since its 2007 launch and was a reporter on the team that won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the 2008 election. Angie holds dual master’s degrees in journalism and library & information science, and has taught journalism and fact-checking at the university level and at conferences around the world. She regularly appears on national television and radio to discuss fact-checking. She serves on the advisory board of the International Fact-checking Network.

Vickery web imageDr. Jacqueline Ryan Vickery is an Associate Professor in the Department of Media Arts at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX; she earned her PhD in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Vickery has spent more than a decade researching teens’ digital media practices as they intersect with questions of equity, identity, privacy, and media literacy. Her scholarship is grounded in a feminist media studies perspective and draws from qualitative and ethnographic research methods. She is the author of Worried About the Wrong Things: Youth, Risk, and Opportunity in the Digital World (2017, The MIT Press), co-editor of  Mediating Misogyny: Gender, Technology, and Harassment (2018, Palgrave) and co-author of the forthcoming book The Digital Edge: How Black and Latino Youth Navigate Digital Inequality (NYU Press). In effort to put her research into practice, Vickery founded and facilitates a summer digital storytelling workshop for teens currently living in foster care. Additionally, she is a former associated researcher for the MacArthur Foundation’s Connected Learning Research Network, serves on the executive board of the Women’s Faculty Network at UNT, and directed a short documentary about former refugees who have resettled in Dallas/Fort Worth.  She teaches courses on digital media, youth media, gender, and activism.

drogos-1200x1800.jpgKristin L. Drogos focuses on the role of media in the socialization of youth, specifically researching the effects of mediated content on youth. She is currently studying the ways in which social network site use relates to the identity formation of adolescents. Drogos’ work also encompasses projects that analyze the content of children’s television programming.

Her past projects have assessed both educational and prosocial messages as well as anti-social and disrespectful messages present in programs popular among youth. Drogos is an award-winning writer and instructor, and has taught courses on mediated communication, communication technologies, social media, and the psychology of the audience. She holds a BS in Psychology, an MA in Speech Communication, and a PhD in Communication, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Branham headshotDana Branham is a breaking news reporter on a yearlong internship at The Dallas Morning News, writing about everything from public safety to strange (or delightful) things on the internet that impact a Dallas-area audience. Before that, she interned at the Tulsa World and at the Cincinnati Enquirer, where she contributed to a Pulitzer Prize-winning project documenting the reality of the heroin epidemic during a week in July. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. At OU, Dana spent nearly all her time at the OU Daily, the student news organization, where she was editor her junior year. Dana was born in Austin but grew up in College Station, and her love of journalism can be traced back to her time at A&M Consolidated High School, where she was editor of The Roar newspaper and launched its website.

Taylor BuchananTaylor Jackson Buchanan is a senior reporter for Community Impact Newspaper, covering business, development, education, transportation and healthcare for southwest Austin and Travis County. She graduated from the University of Texas with a master of arts in journalism in May 2018 having previously earned a bachelor of science in communications from UT in 2012. Her work has been published in The Dallas Morning News, The Austin Chronicle, Austin-American Statesman and Waco Tribune-Herald. While interning for The Texas Standard, a one-hour daily show broadcast on NPR affiliate stations across the state, Taylor reported and produced several news stories. A former Teach for America corps member, Taylor taught 6th and 7th grade reading and writing at KIPP Truth Academy in south Dallas. Born and raised in College Station, Taylor graduated from A&M Consolidated High School in 2008, where she served as editor-in-chief of The Roar newspaperHenkhausHeadshot

Luke Henkhaus is a junior at Texas A&M University studying economics and journalism. He is currently the managing editor of the university’s student-run newspaper, The Battalion. During the previous school year, he served as the paper’s news editor. Luke was part of the award-winning multimedia team that covered a speech by white nationalist leader Richard Spencer on the A&M campus in 2016, along with the protests and counter-events held in response. Luke’s reporting focuses primarily on the effects of public policy on higher education and student life.


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