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Workshop - "We Need Gentle Truths for Now: Engaging in Radical Digital Media Literacy Post Trump" with ALEXANDRA JUHASZ (Distinguished Professor of Film, Brooklyn College, CUNY)

When:Mo 07-12-2020 16:00 - 18:00
Two images side by side. Left: "We need gentle truths for now" written on graph paper. Right: Alexandra Juhasz speaking into a microphone.

Please join Professor Alexandra Juhasz and members of the ICOG theme group "Arts, Medium and Moving Images" for a Fake News Poetry Workshop Post Trump. An experiment in radical digital media literacy, our workshop will be entirely about, sometimes on, and certainly for bettering the Internet, one small poem and local encounter at a time. Fake News Poetry Workshops are pedagogical experiments in resistance. Workshops are shared acts of engaged, enraged intellectual citizenship. Workshops are civic commitment as pedagogy. We will come together to generate conversation, community, and art about the connections between social media, verification tools, and lived truth, what we can do about this, and how this connects to (social) media and to (our own) power. Before the workshop, please look at the Online Primer of Digital Media Literacy. A group of MA and ReMA students will prepare an audio-visual poem for the workshop. All others are warmly invited to participate in the discussion, acknowledging that we are implicated in, produce, and circulate the digital media crisis whenever we study, teach, or try to fix it.

Dr Alexandra Juhasz is Distinguished Professor of Film at Brooklyn College, CUNY. She creates and studies committed media practices that contribute to political change and individual and community growth. Juhasz is the author of AIDS TV: Identity, Community and Alternative Video (Duke University Press, 1995), Learning from YouTube (MIT Press, 2011), and Really Fake (with Ganaele Langlois and Nishant Shah; University of Minnesota Press, 2020). She has also edited or co-edited numerous volumes, including Women of Vision: Histories in Feminist Film and Video (Minnesota, 2001), F Is for Phony: Fake Documentary and Truth’s Undoing (Minnesota, 2005), A Companion to Contemporary Documentary (Blackwell, 2015), Sisters in the Life: A History of Out African American Lesbian Media-Making (Duke, 2018), and AIDS and the Distribution of Crises (Duke, 2020). Juhasz is the producer of The Watermelon Woman (Cheryl Dunye, 1996) and The Owls (Dunye, 2010) along with over a dozen educational documentaries. Her most recent work is the podcast series, We Need Gentle Truths for Now.