UW Graduate School

Renee Hobbs

Renee Hobbs

BUNK: The Information Series

Walker Ames Lecturer

  • Professor of Communication Studies and Director of the Media Education Lab at the University of Rhode Island’s Harrington School of Communication and Media

November 28, 2018  |   7:30 p.m.
Kane Hall, room 120

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  • This event is free and open to the public. 

Mind Over Media: Teaching About Propaganda

American educators have been teaching about propaganda since the 1930s by helping learners to identify persuasive techniques that can make propaganda effective and sometimes difficult to resist. But these approaches, rooted in the dominant media forms of their time, no longer prepare learners for a lifetime of exposure to the new forms of contemporary propaganda that people encounter online. Learn about some new instructional strategies for teaching about contemporary propaganda in movies and entertainment media, news and journalism, public relations and advertising, activism and even education. Consider some potential outcomes of examining disinformation, sponsored content, conspiracy theories, hoaxes and memes in the context of formal and informal learning.

About Renee Hobbs

Renee Hobbs is Professor of Communication Studies and Director of the Media Education Lab at the University of Rhode Island’s Harrington School of Communication and Media. Professor Hobbs is an expert in digital and media literacy education and her research, teaching and advocacy has influenced a generation of scholars and educators who aim to help people in the United States and around the world develop competencies in using, critically analyzing and creating media in a wide variety of forms. She co-directs the URI Graduate Certificate in Digital Literacy, a 12-credit graduate program that engages K-12 and college faculty, librarians and media professionals in robust face-to-face and online learning.

Renee Hobbs maintains an active research agenda that examines the practice of media literacy in elementary and secondary educational contexts. She has published 6 books, including Create to Learn: Introduction to Digital Literacy (Wiley, 2017) and Copyright Clarity: How Fair Use Supports Digital Learning (Corwin/Sage, 2010). She has published more than 150 articles in scholarly and professional journals and has received $3.7 million in grant funding for her research projects. Hobbs is also the founding co-editor of the Journal for Media Literacy Education, an open-access peer reviewed journal that is the official journal of the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE).She has two degrees from the University of Michigan and received her Ed.D. in Human Development from Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

Sponsoring Departments

  • UW Graduate School
  • Office of the Provost
  • College of Education
  • Information School