MEDIA: Overseas Conversations (V) / June 5-7 / NYC

Press Contact: Aneka Flamm / 1-347-613-3993

MEDIA: Overseas Conversations (V)
An International Conference on Media, Education & Youth
June 5 – 7, 2008 / New York City

New York, NY – This conference provides an open forum for exploring
media, education, and youth within an international context. It includes
screenings of youth-produced media, as well as panels on media literacy
education initiatives from the Arab and Gulf region, Asia, and Europe.

Open conversations and discussions will explore the potential of media
as socio-economic equalizer in education, the global relevance of media
literacy education, design as media, and cross-cultural perceptions of
media in formal education.

The conference includes the US premiere of “Afghan Chronicles”, a
documentary produced by InformAction on Afghanistan’s multimedia company
The Killid Group.

The conversations will accent the positive approach of providing young
people with the tools and the critical thinking skills they need in
today’s media saturated society. Selections of new youth-produced media
will be presented by: The European Observatory of Children’s Television,
Arts Engine/Media That Matters Film Festival, and The Reel Teens

Panelists from Afghanistan, Australia, China, Egypt, Korea, Kuwait,
Spain, Sweden, UK, and the USA will lead the conversations. Attendees
will include media industry professionals, educators, students and the
general public.

All panels and screenings are free of charge and open to all audiences.
For complete schedule visit: (RSVP required,
For additional information, please contact Aneka Flamm, Conference
Coordinator, at

see below for program

MEDIA: Overseas Conversations (V)
June 5 – 7 / New York City

Thursday, June 5
The Chelsea Art Museum (556 West 22nd Street)

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
“Design as Media”
Presentation by David Walczyk (Pratt Institute, NYC)
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Opening Reception

Friday, June 6
The Paley Center for Media (25 West 52nd Street)

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Screening – Highlights of OETI/ITVB 2007 – Presented by Valenti Gomez i
The Barcelona International Television Festival is an annual event of
the European Observatory on Children’s Television. It includes the award
of the prestigious UNICEF Prize, which goes to audiovisual productions
devoted to children and youth that highlight ethical values and the
defense of human rights according to the Convention of the Rights of

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Screening – Highlights Reel Teens Festival 2007 – Presented by Jordi
The Reel Teens Festival is an annual three day event held in early June
that celebrates the creative genius of young people by screening films
and videos made by teenagers from around the world.

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Screening – Afghan Chronicles – Presented by Shahir A. Zahine (Founder,
The Killid Group)
The documentary Afghan Chronicles tells the story of the press agency
Killid Media, dedicated to fighting ignorance and illiteracy and its
daily struggles within the changing Afghan society.

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Screening – Arts Engine’s Eighth Annual Media That Matters Film Festival
– Presented by Maia Ermita and Leah Sapin
Arts Engine supports, produces, and distributes independent media of
consequence and promotes the use of independent media by advocates,
educators, and the general public. By fostering the production and use
of independent film, video, and new media, Arts Engine connects media
makers and active audiences in order to spur critical consideration of
pressing social issues.
The Media That Matters Film Festival is the premiere showcase for short
films on the most important topics of the day. Local and global, online
and in communities around the world, Media That Matters engages diverse
audiences and inspires them to take action.

Saturday, June 7
Fordham University / Lincoln Center Campus (113 West 60th Street @
Columbus Avenue)

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Panel: Media Literacy Education (Arab region)
Samy Tayie (Cairo University, MENTOR, Egypt)
Rawia Alhumaidan (College of Basic Education, Kuwait)
Moderated by Renee Hobbs (Temple University, USA)

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Panel: Media Literacy Education (Asia)
CK Cheung (Hong Kong University)
Hyeon-Seon Jeong (Media Educator, Korea)
Michael Dezuanni (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)
Moderated by Lance Strate (Fordham University, USA)

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Panel: Media Literacy Education (Europe)
Cary Bazalgette (Media Educator, UK)
Manel Jim?nez (Pompeu Fabra University, Spain)
Moderated by P?r Lundgren (World Summit on media for children and youth
Karlstad Sweden, 2010,

For program information, please contact Jordi Torrent (
Press contact: Aneka Flamm (
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