Liebman Speaker Series

Liebman Speaker Series: Connecting Science and Everything

Friday mornings at MCC…

Join us for MCC’s new Liebman Speaker Series, where we will discuss the intersection of science and everything.

Friday, April 19, 2019
Carey Lecture Hall (main floor), Liebman Science Center, Building F
10 - 11:30 a.m.

Digital Media Literacy: What Does It Really Mean in Today's Society?
Dr. Jolie Matthews, Assistant Professor of Learning Sciences, Northwestern University

This interactive talk will discuss past and current theories around critical media literacy and the opportunities as well as challenges that emerge around social media practices in particular. Topics to be covered include digital source usage and credibility assessments online, bias and polarity of opinion in discussions, how social media can enable unprecedented information access and distribution yet facilitate widespread misinformation, and the nuances of understanding both the implicit and explicit messages that bombard us in daily life.

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Dr. Jolie Matthews

Jolie Matthews joined the Learning Sciences program at the School of Education and Social Policy in 2014. Her research examines informal learning and evolving behavior norms in online spaces through the lens of how social media practices and digital technologies are changing the way we acquire and disseminate knowledge.  

Some of her interests and projects include social media production/consumption practices across different platforms (YouTube versus Tumblr versus Pinterest or a discussion forum), source and evidence credibility evaluations in digital spaces, bias and "reading" content, the relationship between popular culture, inquiry, and disciplinary learning, the historical consciousness of fans of historical and pseudo-historical media (television shows, novels, films, etc.), and the changing dynamics among audiences/creators/consumers/producers/professionals/non-professionals in social media spaces. 

At Stanford University, she was a research assistant with the Stanford University YouthLab, the Joint Media Engagement Group, and the Wallenberg Media Places Grant for Digital Humanities. She has also been a research intern for the Social Media Collective at Microsoft Research New England in Cambridge, Massachusetts

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