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.
2020 Northeast Media Literacy Conference
SAVE THE DATES! The Northeast Media Literacy Conference will be held November 6 - 7, 2020 in Providence, Rhode Island.
We hope you are all staying well during these challenging times, and are looking forward to the downslope of COVID-19. There are so many media literacy issues involved in how the pandemic is affecting our lives, our society, and our shared future. We look forward to hearing your stories. NMLC2020 takes place just three days after the general election, so no matter the outcome we will have a lot to talk about! Media literacy education is growing in popularity as a tool to analyze disinformation, health misinformation, cultural stereotyping, unhealthy online behavior, and so much more.
The Northeast US has always been on the front lines in this effort. Come to teach. Come to learn. Plans include a Friday afternoon Media Literacy 101 for an intro or refresher course, a Friday evening welcome, conference preview and socializing reception, and a full day of conference sessions, keynotes, networking, and more on Saturday. Join us, and bring a friend or two!
When we chose the theme “Where Do We Go From Here?” for the 2020 NMLC conference, scheduled for November 6 - 7, 2020 on the URI campus in Providence, RI, we couldn’t have imagined just how pressing that question would feel as 2020 began to unfold. We knew that the 2020 US presidential election on November 3rd would provide fodder for rich discussion at this year's conference, but we could never have predicted then that our lives would be upended and disrupted by a global pandemic.
There are so many open questions about what circumstances will look like come November, but one thing is\ clear: there will be need for insight, community and collaboration, and the Northeast Media Literacy Conference will provide that and more. Whether we gather in person in Providence, virtually from our homes, or in a hybrid format will be determined as public health guidance for early winter becomes clearer, and as our planning continues we will certainly draw on the creativity and ingenuity of the media literacy community. Whether your lens is news literacy, information literacy, digital literacy, or media literacy, we’re
looking forward to hearing your experiences and expertise in this new age of communications.
Be on the lookout for a survey we’ll be sending out to gather your input on what you hope to see in – and contribute to -- this year’s conference. We hope that you and yours stay healthy and safe, and we look forward to seeing you at NMLC in November.
Michelle Ciccone and Pam Steager
Co-Chairs, Northeast Media Literacy Conference