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Symposium on the Historical Roots of Media Literacy

This Sept 20 symposium convenes leaders from four decades of media literacy and scholars from a variety of disciplines to discuss the field’s historical frameworks and to engage the next generation of researchers and practitioners in exploring how the past informs the present and future of the field. 

Learn more about the symposium here. 

Hosted by: Harrington School of Communication and Media at the University of Rhode Island, Feinstein Campus in Downtown Providence

Who: Scholars, practitioners, and students in education, media studies, library sciences, history, cultural studies and other fields

What: Learn about the history of media literacy and experience a variety of print, audiovisual and curriculum artifacts from the Elizabeth Thoman Media Literacy Archive

When: Friday, September 20, 2013, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. 

Where: University of Rhode Island, Providence CCE Campus, 80 Washington Street

Why: Explore research agendas regarding the history of media literacy that address the most pressing current and future challenges facing today’s teachers, learners and scholars

REGISTRATION IS FREE! Click here to register by September 10. 

Elizabeth Thoman Media Literacy Archive

Dedication of the Elizabeth Thoman Media Literacy Archive

The University of Rhode Island is proud to host the Elizabeth Thoman Media Literacy Archive, which holds significant historical artifacts and documents related to the development of media literacy as a movement and a field of specialization at the intersection of media studies and education. Elizabeth Thoman, CMH, was editor of Media & Values magazine 1977–1993 and the Founder of the Center for Media Literacy (CML), a leading national non-profit organization in the United States since the early 1990s.

The archive includes the Media & Values production archive, comprehensive media literacy curricula library, and correspondence with leaders from the media literacy field over the years. The archive will be available to scholars through the URI Library’s Special Collections.

Media&Values magazine

Media&Values magazine 1977-1993

Sponsored by the University of Rhode Island’s Harrington School of Communication and Media and the URI Libraries.