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New Page Honoring Elizabeth Thoman

Elizabeth “Liz” Thoman, CHM, founded the Center for Media Literacy in 1989.  Her inspiration and vision continue to influence the Center’s work – and the work of media literacy advocates everywhere -- each and every day.  A new web page is dedicated to honoring Liz and her contributions to media literacy education, featuring her writings, videos of her and recognizing her, and a host of materials generated in her memory, at the time of her death in December, 2016.  We are forever grateful to Liz.  Visit the page. 

Celebrating the Life of Elizabeth Thoman

“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others” – Jonathan Swift

Please join us to honor the work of Sister Elizabeth (Liz) Thoman, CHM, and to recognize the inspiration she provided for the media literacy field:

Sunday February 12, 2017
2-4 PM
St. Augustine Parish Hall
3850 Jasmine Avenue
Culver City, CA 90230

Featured speakers include media literacy leaders: Renee Hobbs, Tessa Jolls, Erin Reilly, Rose Pacatte, Henry Jenkins, Bobbie Eisenstock, Jeff Share, Frank Dawson, Mike Robb Greico and Michael Danielson
Co-hosts: Tessa Jolls, Center for Media Literacy, medialit.com, Sr. Rose Pacatte, Pauline Center for Media Studies, bemediamindful.org, Michael Danielson, Seattle Prep

Date of Event: 
Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 14:00

Celebration of Life - Elizabeth Thoman

Elizabeth Thoman (June 18, 1943 - December 22, 2016)

Elizabeth Thoman was a media literacy pioneer and visionary.  She founded the Center for Media Literacy in 1989.  A memorial will take place February 12th (2pm) at St. Augustine Parish Hall in Culver City, CA.  For more information, please see attached. 

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Date of Event: 
Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 14:00

Venue Update For Elizabeth Thoman Memorial

Celebration of Life Memorial for Elizabeth Thoman (June 18,  1943 - December 22, 2016) will be held Sunday, February 12th at St. Augustine Parish Hall in Culver City, CA.  Liz Thoman, a pioneer and visionary, founded the Center for Media Literacy in 1989. This page will be updated with further details as they unfold.  Read obituary.

2016 MILID Yearbook - Media Literacy & Countering Radicalization

"Radicalization in Cyberspace: Enlisting Media and Information Literacy in the Battle for Hearts and Minds," by Tessa Jolls and Carolyn Wilson, is an article just published on p. 167 in the MILID Yearbook, a collaboration between UNESCO, UNITWIN Cooperation Programme on MIL and Intercultural Dialogue, UNAOC and GAPMIL. The 2016 theme of the Yearbook, edited by Jagtar Singh, Paulette Kerr and Esther Hamburger, is "Media and Information Literacy: Reinforcing Human Rights, Countering Radicalization and Extremism." http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0024/002463/246371e.pdf  

 

New Video - What is Media Literacy?

Dedicated to the memory of Elizabeth Thoman, media literacy pioneer and CML founder. Media Literacy Now (MLN) and the Center for Media Literacy (CML) present “What is Media Literacy?,” a collaborative project produced with creative input from Transformative Culture Project that simplifies the task of explaining media literacy to policymakers and others who have the power to transform the education system. This video promotes media literacy and digital citizenship as a solution for educators in a social media wilderness buffeted by fake news. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbW1rTcKXPA 

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MediaLit Moments Addressing Fake News

Stories about so-called “fake news” abound, and while the term is bandied about, it is little understood yet widely discussed.  Is “fake news” about bias?  About disagreements on fundamental principles or arguments?  About verifiable falsehoods or perceptions about truths?  About generating revenues through attention-seeking headlines and fabricated story lines?  As we often say in media literacy, we have questions about the answers.  But we can say with confidence that no one should “outsource” their brain for others to decide, nor do we wish to invite censorship or filtering.  As power flows to individuals through social media, the traditional notions of journalism are upended and we are now all citizen journalists, with the collective and individual responsibility to be thoughtful and critical before circulating or consuming opinions or gossip or so-called “fact.”  Whom do we trust, about what, and why? Who decides? Who checks the checkers?  Yes, we need media literacy!

To get started with your students, go to MediaLit Moments for classroom activities related to addressing fake news.  MediaLit Moments are short activities using the Key Questions and Core Concepts to teach critical thinking skills in K-12 classrooms.  And check back often, we regularly add new activities. 

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