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California Media Literacy Bills: Senate Hearings on April 19, Sacramento
GAPMIL and NAMLE Meetings: June 26-28, Chicago

California Media Literacy Bills - TESTIFY PLEASE!
There are two hearings on April 19 coming up in Sacramento at 9 AM on two separate California bills advocating for media literacy in California. It's important that we have a good showing to represent media literacy. 

CA SB 135: Hearing April 19 @ 9 AM Senate Education Committee 
CA SB 203: Hearing April 19 @ 9 AM Senate Education Committee 

                              SB135         SB203
GAPMIL & NAMLE Meetings June 26-28 - PLEASE ATTEND
The North American Sub-Chapter of the Global Alliance for Partnerships in Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL), a project of UNESCO, will have its second meeting in Chicago from 1-5 PM on Monday, June 26 during the pre-conference session of NAMLE, which will hold its Annual Conference June 26-28.
The GAPMIL meeting is open to all and attendance is free.
For more information and to RSVP, please contact Tessa Jolls, Register for NAMLE here.

NAMLE Announces Elizabeth Thoman Service Award

In 2003, NAMLE (then AMLA) Board created the Meritorious Service Award "to be given to individuals or projects that have significantly contributed to the growth and quality of the field of media literacy."  This award is intended to honor those who have given many years of service to the media literacy community; helping to build infrastructure, remaining mostly behind-the-scenes and often unacknowledged.  This year, NAMLE is changing the name of the award in honor of Elizabeth Thoman, founding board member of NAMLE. Liz also founded the Center for Media Literacy and was a leading voice in the American media literacy movement during her life. Liz passed away in December 2016. Read more about Liz's legacy here.


New Page Honoring Elizabeth Thoman

Elizabeth “Liz” Thoman, CHM, founded the Center for Media Literacy in 1989.  Her inspiration and vision continue to influence the Center’s work – and the work of media literacy advocates everywhere -- each and every day.  A new web page is dedicated to honoring Liz and her contributions to media literacy education, featuring her writings, videos of her and recognizing her, and a host of materials generated in her memory, at the time of her death in December, 2016.  We are forever grateful to Liz.  Visit the page. 

Celebrating the Life of Elizabeth Thoman

“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others” – Jonathan Swift

Please join us to honor the work of Sister Elizabeth (Liz) Thoman, CHM, and to recognize the inspiration she provided for the media literacy field:

Sunday February 12, 2017
2-4 PM
St. Augustine Parish Hall
3850 Jasmine Avenue
Culver City, CA 90230

Featured speakers include media literacy leaders: Renee Hobbs, Tessa Jolls, Erin Reilly, Rose Pacatte, Henry Jenkins, Bobbie Eisenstock, Jeff Share, Frank Dawson, Mike Robb Greico and Michael Danielson
Co-hosts: Tessa Jolls, Center for Media Literacy,, Sr. Rose Pacatte, Pauline Center for Media Studies,, Michael Danielson, Seattle Prep

Date of Event: 
Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 14:00

Celebration of Life - Elizabeth Thoman

Elizabeth Thoman (June 18, 1943 - December 22, 2016)

Elizabeth Thoman was a media literacy pioneer and visionary.  She founded the Center for Media Literacy in 1989.  A memorial will take place February 12th (2pm) at St. Augustine Parish Hall in Culver City, CA.  For more information, please see attached. 

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Date of Event: 
Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 14:00

Venue Update For Elizabeth Thoman Memorial

Celebration of Life Memorial for Elizabeth Thoman (June 18,  1943 - December 22, 2016) will be held Sunday, February 12th at St. Augustine Parish Hall in Culver City, CA.  Liz Thoman, a pioneer and visionary, founded the Center for Media Literacy in 1989. This page will be updated with further details as they unfold.  Read obituary.

2016 MILID Yearbook - Media Literacy & Countering Radicalization

"Radicalization in Cyberspace: Enlisting Media and Information Literacy in the Battle for Hearts and Minds," by Tessa Jolls and Carolyn Wilson, is an article just published on p. 167 in the MILID Yearbook, a collaboration between UNESCO, UNITWIN Cooperation Programme on MIL and Intercultural Dialogue, UNAOC and GAPMIL. The 2016 theme of the Yearbook, edited by Jagtar Singh, Paulette Kerr and Esther Hamburger, is "Media and Information Literacy: Reinforcing Human Rights, Countering Radicalization and Extremism."  


New Video - What is Media Literacy?

Dedicated to the memory of Elizabeth Thoman, media literacy pioneer and CML founder. Media Literacy Now (MLN) and the Center for Media Literacy (CML) present “What is Media Literacy?,” a collaborative project produced with creative input from Transformative Culture Project that simplifies the task of explaining media literacy to policymakers and others who have the power to transform the education system. This video promotes media literacy and digital citizenship as a solution for educators in a social media wilderness buffeted by fake news. 

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