Geena Davis, Academy Award Winner, To Speak on March 31

From Park News:

Geena Davis, Academy Award Winner, To Speak on March 31

Academy Award winner Geena Davis will serve as this year’s Park Distinguished Visitor. One of Hollywood’s most respected actors, Davis will speak on “Gender Equality in The Modern Media” on March 31 at 8 p.m. in Ford Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Davis broke ground in her portrayal of the first female President of the United States in ABC’s hit show Commander in Chief, earning the 2006 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama. She currently plays Dr. Nicole Herman on Grey’s Anatomy.

She received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as the offbeat dog trainer Muriel Pritchett in Lawrence Kasdan’s The Accidental Tourist. She was again nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe for her performance as Thelma in Ridley Scott’sThelma and Louise, in which she co-starred with Susan Sarandon. Davis went on to receive a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress for her portrayal of baseball phenomenon Dottie Hinson in A League of Their Own. Her other credits include Tootsie, Beetlejuice, Earth Girls are Easy, The Long Kiss Goodnight, and Stuart Little.

Davis is also recognized for her tireless advocacy of women and girls nearly as much as for her acting accomplishments. She is the founder of the non-profit the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and its programming arm See Jane, which engages film and television creators to dramatically increase the percentages of female characters — and reduce gender stereotyping — in media made for children 11 and under.

Davis serves as a chair to the California Commission on the Status of Women, and is a partner with UN Women in the effort to change the way media represents women and girls worldwide. She is currently the Special Envoy for Women and Girls in the field of technology for the United Nations.

She holds honorary degrees from Boston University, Bates College and New England College.

Her lecture will also serve as the keynote to this year’s Media for Social Responsibility course focusing on Media and Body Image.

GigaOm: The viral content problem: Many people don’t care whether it’s true

GigaOm: The viral content problem: Many people don’t care whether it’s true

Matthew Ingram (GigaOm) Highlights Craig Silverman’s new study
Lies, Damn Lies and Viral Content
How News Websites Spread (and Debunk) Online Rumors, Unverified Claims and Misinformation.

Gigaom

Craig Silverman, the author of a book about journalism and fact-checking called Regret The Error and a column by the same name at the Poynter Institute, has come out with a major report on the problem of online hoaxes and misinformation, a study he did for the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University. It is an impressive survey of how the desire for pageviews and online “engagement” compels many online media outlets to distribute fake news.

In the pre-amble to his report, Craig (who I should note is a friend) points out that while we usually expect news organizations to disseminate “quality, accurate information” about the world around us, many media companies — and not just digital upstarts but traditional ones — persist in distributing questionable information, even when they suspect it is false:

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Teaching Critical Thinking in Iran – Local Educators Speak after Nov. 25 Film at Cinemopolis

From Chris Sperry:

Professor Cyndy Scheibe and LACS teacher Chris Sperry, co-directors of Ithaca College’s media literacy initiative, Project Look Sharp, will be speaking on Tuesday, November 25, after the 7pm showing of Jon Stewart’s film Rosewater about the 2009 imprisonment of a US journalist in Iran.  Scheibe and Sperry recently returned from Iran where they delivered key-note addresses about integrating critical thinking and media literacy into Iranian education at the First International Conference on Media Literacy in Iran.  In their Cinemopolis presentation they will show media, tell stories and interact with the audience about their experiences in Iran and the role of media in shaping our cross-cultural understandings and misunderstandings.