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Media as a Mirror: Exploring the Importance of Representation on Media Literacy Week with NAMLE and Fordham

November 7, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST

Our reality is impacted by how media portray the world we live in and the people we meet. This is especially true for our youngest media consumers. Understanding the concept of “representation” is one of the key skills to becoming media literate. What groups are well represented in children’s media content? What groups are underrepresented in children’s media? What groups are misrepresented? As content creators, how should we be thinking about representation? Join us for an evening of discussion and activity to explore representation and why it matters to us all.

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Michelle Ciulla Lipkin is the Executive Director of the National Association for Media Literacy Education. As Executive Director, Michellehas helped NAMLE grow to be the preeminent media literacy education association in the U.S. She launched the first ever Media Literacy Week in the U.S., developed strategic partnerships with media companies such as Participant Media, Nickelodeon, and Twitter, and restructured both the governance and membership of the organization. She has also overseen three national conferences and done countless appearances at conferences and in the media regarding the importance of media literacy education. Michelle began her career in children’s television production, in various roles on both corporate and production teams. She earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from New York University. Michelle focused her grad work on children and television where she caught the “media literacy bug”. After graduate school, Michelle worked as a facilitator for The LAMP (Learning about Multimedia Project) teaching media literacy and production classes for Pre-Kindergarten to 5th grade students. Michelle is currently an adjunct lecturer at Brooklyn College in the TV/Radio department where she teaches media criticism and media literacy.


Lewis Freeman (Ph.D., Columbia) is a Senior Lecturer in Fordham University’s Department of Communication and Media Studies. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Media Association. Previously, he served on the boards of the New York State Communication Association and the Eastern Communication Association and on the Task Force on Discipline Advancement for the National Communication Association. His achievements include receiving the Urban Communication Foundation prize, the New York State Communication Association Neil Postman Mentor Award, a Time Warner Cable grant, two Telly awards, and a book, Sitcom Society: Social Stratification and Social Mobility in Situation Comedy (2008).


Sherri Hope Culver serves as Director of the Center for Media and Information Literacy (CMIL) at Temple University, USA where she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Media Studies and Production. Sherri’s teaching and consulting centers on the business of media, with a focus on children’s media. She has worked with Nickelodeon, Participant Media, YouTube Kids, PBS, Sprout, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Sherri collaborates internationally with researchers, educators, and media companies on projects connected to children & media. Prior to her academic position, Sherri served in several leadership positions in public media. She writes regularly about issues facing children’s media and media literacy on her blog and discusses issues with guests on her series, Media Inside Out. She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Media Literacy Education, serving as its president for three terms. Sherri has given talks and presentations on five continents and over 13 countries. She has moderated panels at major universities and conferences, including the World Summit on Media for Children, the UNESCO Media and Information Literacy conferences, the National Association for Media Literacy Education and the UK Children’s Media Conference.


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November 7, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
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Fordham Lincoln Center Campus
113 West 60th Street (northwest corner of Columbus Avenue)
New York, NY 10023