Critical Media Literacy Conference of the Americas

The Critical Media Literacy Conference of The Americas is committed to democratic ideals and social justice values. We engage with media as a dialectical space for critique and celebration. Media are complex tools whose effects do not always match intentions. Media can promote democratic participation, support social justice, and bring considerable joy, but they can hinder democracy, stoke violence, and manipulate individuals and society. Our goal for this conference is to facilitate critical discourse about our mediated society with the intent to deepen our understandings and support each other’s work in transforming society to be more socially just and environmentally sustainable.

2021 Call for Proposals

Critical Media Literacy Conference of the Americas: Celebrating Paulo Freire’s Centennial: The second annual Critical Media Literacy Conference of the Americas celebrates the life of the father of critical pedagogy, Paulo Freire, who was born a hundred years ago on September 19, 1921. Whether you are new to Freire’s work and ideas, or a seasoned Freirean scholar-activist, we invite you to gather with us to think about Critical Media Literacy in our current moment. 

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Steering Committee

Allison Butler (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

Renee Childs (Youth Be Heard)

Andrea Gambino (University of California, Los Angeles)

Noah Golden (California State University, Long Beach)

Nolan Higdon (California State University, East Bay)

Michael Hoechsmann (Lakehead University)

Amina Humphrey (California State University, Dominguez Hills)

Raúl Alberto Mora (Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Sede Central Medellín)

Reina Robinson (Center for Urban Excellence)

Jeff Share (University of California, Los Angeles)

James P. Stancil II (Intellect U Well, Inc./Prairie View A&M University)

Alison Trope (University of Southern California/Critical Media Project)

Alicia Olguín (Instituo Provincial de Educacíon Superior “Paulo Freire”)

Yolanda Gayol (Flelding Graduate University Fellow and Faculty at Universidad de Guadalajara)

Ramsés Barroso

Mary Grueser (Educational Video Center)

Past CMLCA Conferences

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