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UNAOC Media & Information Literacy

Renee Hobbs presented a keynote at the "Unlearning Intolerance" program on Friday, February 10 at 3 p.m.

UNAOC’s Media and Information Literacy program and United Nations Academic Impact’s “Unlearning Intolerance” program have organized this event as part of the “Prevention Forum” discussion series. The event will also be an occasion for the presentation of the most recent UNAOC-UNESCO-NORDICOM publication “Opportunities for Media and Information Literacy in the Middle East and North Africa”.

Media and Information Literacy are formal and informal pedagogical practices that aim at developing critical thinking skills applied to media messages. Rather than censoring media that is potentially harmful, MIL invests in a long-term strategy that aims to promote the development of discerning critical thinking skills in individuals. Skills that, in fact, protect and enrich the worldviews of these individuals. At the same time it promotes a culture of peace and understanding among individuals from different cultural and religious backgrounds by using skills to "unlearn" false assumptions and to forestall extremism and the violence it can trigger.


When : Friday February 10 / 3:00-6:00 pm (new day - SNOW) 

Where : Conference Room 1, United Nations Headquarters, New York


Opening Remarks

Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations

Cristina Gallach, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information

3:30-4:00 pm

Keynote speaker

Renee Hobbs, Professor of Communication Studies, University of Rhode Island, USA

4:00-5:30 pm

Panel Discussion

Ambassador Hahn Choonghee, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the UN

Magda Abu-Fadil, Director, Media Unlimited (Lebanon)

Liam Hackett, Founder, Ditch the Label (UK)

Regina de Assis, Former Secretary of Education, Rio de Janeiro, Ministry of Education (Brazil)

Guy Berger, Director, Freedom of Expression and Media Development, UNESCO


Q & A Moderator: Jordi Torrent, Project Manager, Media Literacy Initiatives, UNAOC