A democratic civilization will save itself only if it makes the language of the image into a stimulus for critical reflection, not an invitation to hypnosis.
Elizaveta (Lisa) Friesem
Elizaveta Friesem received her PhD from the the Media and Communication program at Temple University, and she works as a research assistant at the Media Education Lab. In Fall 2015, she will be teaching media studies at the University of Hartford, in Hartford CT. In her research and outreach she combines principles of media literacy education and gender studies in order to develop and bring to schools curricula that promote gender equality and diversity. By helping students deconstruct media representations of gender and see power relationships behind them, Elizaveta aims to make come true her vision of a society based on mutual respect, empathy and equality.
Elizaveta also explores the impact of the media on public understanding of sensitive issues connected with sexuality (rape, child sexual abuse). She investigates opportunities of using media literacy education to help people better understand these problems and connect this knowledge to the sense of social responsibility.
Since summer 2012 Elizaveta Friesem has been a research assistant of First Star Academy project at URI, investigating the role of media literacy education in developing social skills of youth-at-risk. She presented a paper based on this project - A Story of Conflict and Collaboration: Media Literacy, Video Production and Disadvantaged Youth - at the ICA 2013 conference in London. Before coming to the United Stated in 2011, Elizaveta studied for eight years at St. Petersburg State University in Russia and graduated with MA and PhD degrees, majoring in cultural studies. Elizaveta speaks five languages: Russian, English, Spanish, German and French.