On August 7, 2012, Renee Hobbs led the faculty of the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change in a seminar to explore the intellectual roots of their work in media literacy. On Wenesday, August 8, she presented the Morris-Eck Endowed Lecture, entitled, "Exploring the Relationship between Art, Journalism and Advocacy."
The Salzburg Academy on Media & Global Change is a three-week summer academy that gathers 60 university level students and a dozen faculty from 5 continents to explore media’s role in global citizenship. The program answers two of the most pressing questions of our time: “How do news media affect our understanding of ourselves, our cultures, our politics?” and “How can we use media to better cover global problems and to better report on possible solutions?” Students and faculty from Mexico, the US, Lebanon, China, and other nations work together to create a series of curricular products around the connections between global media, freedom of expression, and civil society–what the Academy calls "Global Media Literacy." The program is held at the Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, where "The Sound of Music" (1965, dir: Robert Wise) was filmed.