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A Pedagogical Tour of Disneyland

Navigating Media Literacy: A Pedagogical Tour of Disneyland

DATE: November 30

TIME: 12 - 1 pm EST

LOCATION. Online. Click here to register. 

FEATURED PRESENTER: Vanessa Greenwood, Montclair State University

Learn how to apply media literacy principles while examining the Magic Kingdom! Professor Vanessa Greenwood counterbalances both the frequently myopic critiques of cultural scholars and the critical exemption granted by those across the world who find Disney to be a source of great pleasure. Learn how Greenwood's pedagogy helps students draw their own conclusions based on real inquisitive, observatory, and creative experiences. Each chapter is ideologically mapped to an actual physical realm of Disneyland (e.g., Main Street, USA; Adventureland; Tomorrowland; Frontierland; Fantasyland). You'll gain a deeper pedagogical understanding of how to cultivate media literacy using any context or subject—not just Disney. 

About the Presenter

Dr. Vanessa Elaine Greenwood (formerly Domine) is a full professor in the School of Communication and Media and the founder of the COMM+MEDIA Research Collaboratory ( From 2014-2016 she served as chairperson of the Department of Secondary and Special Education in the College of Education at Montclair State University. Dr. Greenwood earned her BA and MA in Communication Studies from the California State University system and her PhD in Media Ecology from New York University. She worked as a media educator and technology consultant in the New York City Schools, which served as the basis of her first book, Rethinking Technology in Schools (Peter Lang, 2009). Her early research and scholarship focused on the uses of technology to renew schooling and promote democratic practices particularly through media literacy education and teacher preparation. In 2013 the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) honored her with the Meritorious Service award from for her service as their Vice President of the Board of Directors, co-editor of the Journal of Media Literacy Education, and two-time conference program chair.