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.
Emily Bailin is a Research Associate and Pre-Doctoral Fellow withthe Media Education Lab during the 2010-2011 academic year. She worked as anInstructor for Powerful Voices for Kids during the summer of2010, received her B.A. from Dickinson College in sociology and women'sstudies, and just completed her M.S.Ed. in Education, Culture & Societyfrom the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. She isinterested in howmedia images and messages affect adolescent girls' identity development (i.e.self-esteem, body image, and social identity), and is now considering howyouths' unprecedented uses of and interactions with new media may be changingthe ways in which adolescents are exploring their identities both online andoffline. Might these developments affect current media literacy programs andcause them to realign their content and approach with the realities of newmedia practices and effects? She is alsointerested in exploring the role that sociocultural contexts (i.e.intersections between race, class, and gender) play in implementing successfuland effective media education programs.
Along with Renee Hobbs, David Cooper Moore, and John Landis, Emily is currentlyco-facilitating a professional development program about media literacyeducation for teachers at the Russell Byers Charter School. And this spring,she will serve as the Powerful Voices for Kids in-school mentor at WayneElementary School, helping teachers and students to incorporate media literacyinto existing curriculum and upcoming projects. She and Maggie Ricco will beco-facilitating the Powerful Voices for Kids Media Club as anafterschool program at WES on Thursday afternoons.