Media Democracy Days – November 11 to 13, 2011
The School of Communication at Simon Fraser University, OpenMedia.ca, and the Vancouver Public Library present Media Democracy Day Vancouver 2011. This year’s expanded program takes place from Friday November 11th to Sunday November 13th, at multiple venues including the Pacific Cinematheque; Vancouver Public Library, Central Library; and SFU Woodwards Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.
Since 2001, Media Democracy Day has united and engaged Vancouver-based citizens, cultural producers, the media, academics, activists, students, and community leaders in a dynamic discussion of the state of our Canadian media system. MDD Vancouver 2011 will feature keynote speakers, interactive panels, and hands-on workshops focused on critical analysis of media policy, citizen and alternative media production, and the transformation of the media system to make it more diverse and representative of audiences and communities.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sut Jhally
Founder of the Media Education Foundation, and world-leading media scholar, filmmaker and analyst, Dr. Jhally brings tremendous insight to the task of understanding the media’s role in shaping our social identities through gender and race, commercialism, violence and politics. He is the producer and director of various films and in explaining the power of documentary media to help us understand and confront our fears he notes that: “In a state of fear, citizens are vulnerable to manipulation by opportunistic politicians and a sensationalist media.” Speaking on Remembrance Day, as well as the tenth anniversary of the US Air Force bombing of the Kabul office of Al-Jazeera, Dr. Jhally is an ideal speaker to open Media Democracy Day and introduce the film War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning us to Death on November 11th, 2011 at the Pacific Cinematheque.
Friday, November 11: To coincide with Remembrance Day, Media Democracy Days 2011 kicks off with a screening of War Made Easy and a talk by renowned media scholar Dr. Sut Jhally on militarism, media, and war.
Saturday, November 12: Day two of MDD is a rich program of panel discussions and keynote addresses.
Sunday, November 13: Interactive workshops
About Media Democracy Day:
Launched simultaneously in Vancouver and Toronto in 2001, MDD responded to a growing global media democratization movement. This movement seeks to create a more participatory media system by supporting independent and public service media production, celebrating innovation and creating dialogue around the politics and biases linked to our increasingly corporate and concentrated media.
To learn more, please visit: http://www.mediademocracyday.org
About the School of Communication:
For more than 35 years, the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University has fostered the development of critical, interdisciplinary approaches to the study of media and technology with a commitment to social theory and political economy. Led by an award-winning team of educators, the School of Communication is at the leading edge of media policy research, technological innovation and cultural transformation on a global scale.
To learn more, please visit: http://www.cmns.sfu.ca
OpenMedia.ca is a national, non-partisan, non-profit public engagement organization working to advance and support an open and innovative communications system in Canada. Our primary goal is to increase public awareness and informed participation in Canadian media, cultural, information and telecommunication policy formation.
To learn more, please visit: http://openmedia.ca
About Vancouver Public Library:
Vancouver Public Library is one of Canada’s largest library systems and is dedicated to meeting the lifelong learning, reading, recreation and information needs of the people of Vancouver. Annually, the landmark Central Library and 20 neighbourhood branches serve over 5 million visitors who borrow almost 10 million items, including books, CDs, DVDs, magazines and countless online resources.
To learn more, please visit: http://www.vpl.ca