The Evolution of Critical Media Literacy Third Annual Conference

The Evolution of Critical Media Literacy
Third Annual Conference
Bone Student Center
Illinois State University
Saturday, March 21, 2015
8:00a.m. – 4:00p.m.
Welcome Message from the Associate Dean
Welcome to the Third Annual Critical Media
Literacy Conference and to Illinois State University.
We hope you will enjoy your time on our campus as you
learn about the impact media has on our lives. This
conference highlights the need to promote critical
media literacy to eliminate social inequalities and
foster participatory democracy during the 21st
century. The theme for 2015 is The Evolution of
Critical Media Literacy and its foci are past,
current, and future trends in critical media literacy.
The keynote speaker is Dr. Shirley
Steinberg, Professor of Youth Studies at the
University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. She is also
Founding Director of The Werklund Foundation
Centre for Youth Leadership in Education, which gives
her the opportunity to provide outreach to schools, corporate partners, and the
fine arts to benefit young people. Dr. Steinberg is known as a teacher, speaker,
author, and editor as well, and her passion for providing a voice to our youth is
evident in many parts of the world.
Four strands of research follow this conference on critical media literacy:
(1) the connection between library sciences critical media inquiry, (2) educational
foundations, approaches to examining media in an interpretive, normative or critical
method, particularly virtual/online, (3) communication, civic engagement, scholarship
and critical media literacy, and (4) questions and issues related to shifting
definitions of literacy, critical media literacy, and potential new intersections of
This conference is an opportune time to examine the impact mass media has
on society and to propose strategies to assure that it serves as a tool to promote
democracy and social justice. I hope that your research and resulting discussions
contribute to the advancement of knowledge, and I thank you in advance for your
scholarly contributions and for making this year’s conference a success. Once again,
we welcome you and invite you to enjoy our wonderful campus and our diverse
Barbara Meyer, Ed.D.
Illinois State University
Associate Dean
College of Education
Welcome Message from the Conference Planner
On behalf of Illinois State University, I would like
to welcome each of you to the Third Annual Critical
Media Literacy Conference. I am pleased to have
had the opportunity to plan and organize today’s
conference. As a supporter of critical media
literacy, and as a PK–12 teacher educator, it gives
me great pleasure seeing all of you here today.
Together we can learn from the practicing PK–12
teachers, members of the ISU community, teacher
educators, and current and former students
presenting their research today. In addition to
those in the field of (higher) education, we also
have library scientists, communication scholars, and
school administrators who are presenting their work
in the field of critical media literacy studies.
Nicholas D. Hartlep, Ph.D.
Illinois State University
Department of Educational Administration and Foundations
Assistant Professor of Educational Foundations
Previous Critical Media Literacy Conference
William (Bill) Reynolds, Ph.D.
Georgia Southern University, United States
Carl James, Ph.D.
York University, Canada
Ira Shor, Ph.D.
City University of New York, United States
“1001 Tales of American Terror: Media and Islamophobia”
Shirley R. Steinberg, Ph.D.
Prairie Room Center
Shirley R. Steinberg is Research Professor of Youth Studies at the
University of Calgary. She was the Founding Director and Chair of The
Werklund Foundation Centre for Youth Leadership in Education, and
Professor of Youth Studies at the University of Calgary. She is the author
and editor of many critical pedagogy, urban and youth culture, and cultural
studies books. She is the founding editor of Taboo: The Journal of Culture
and Education, and The International Journal of Youth Studies. She is the
Managing Editor of The International Journal of Critical Pedagogy. The cofounder of The Paulo and Nita Freire International Project for Critical
Pedagogy, she is also the organizer of The Critical Pedagogical Congress. Dr.
Steinberg is committed to a global community of transformative educators
and community workers who are engaged in radical love, social justice, and
the situating of power within social and cultural contexts.
Critical Media Literacy Conference Agenda
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Continental Breakfast and Registration
Prairie South
On-Site and Pre-Registration
Continental Breakfast
Feminist Studies
Prairie Center
Pretty As a Powerful Passport: The Curious, Empty Cult of Beauty, Smartness, and Girls’ SelfWorth
Stacy Otto, Illinois State University
An Analysis of Disney’s Portrayal of Women
Courtney Duffield, Gianna Goldbach, and Kayla Voss, Illinois State University
Greek Life: Stripped and Naked
Taylor Brege and Jaclyn Garlock, Illinois State University
Size Zero and Big Breasted Just Won’t Do It: The Hyper-Sexualization and Objectification of
Women in Today’s Media and Society
Kara Kastenholz, Illinois State University
Black Women, Womanism, and the Effects of Media Stereotypes
Martha Wilkins, Lewis University
Social Media
Prairie North
Social Media: Friend or Foe?
Shqipe Alili and Morgan Kimmerling, Illinois State University
The Effects Social Media Has on the Anxiety Levels of Young Adults
Jennifer McGowan, Abby Van Deventer, and Bridget Fitzgerald, Illinois State University
The Destruction of Relationships Caused by Social Media
Ashley Kalas-Ramonez and Kelly Klein, Illinois State University
The Great Debate: Should Social Media and Technology be Used in the K-12 Class?
Constance Winkelmann and Kristy Tokarz, Illinois State University
Critical Television and Film Studies
Prairie South
Individuals with Disabilities and the Media: A Lack of Representation
Justine Kavanagh, Jessica Repetny, and Jessica Yauch, Illinois State University
Monsters, Miracles, and Mischief: A Critical Analysis of the (In)Visibility of Disability and its
Portrayal in Film
Rachel Nalley, Illinois State University
The Critical Humor as Entry Point to Critical Media Literacy: What 30 Rock Teaches About
Lauren Bratslavsky, Illinois State University
Full Time Losers: The “Kick Me” Sign and its Acceptance in Society
Shane Sibley, Illinois State University
Critical, Interpretive, and Normative Perspectives
Prairie Center
Karma Doesn’t Have to Be a Bitch: Justice-Oriented Lessons I Learned Through Death and
Nicholas D. Hartlep, Illinois State University
A Reality Not an Imagery: Assaults on Communities of Color: An Open Letter to Anyone
Interested in Hearing and Being Heard
Kenneth J. Fasching-Varner, Louisiana State University
Reality Television in Bauman's Age of Liquid Modernity
Danielle Ligocki, Lewis University
Youth Culture: A Generative Site for Preparing Critically-Media Literate Schoolteachers
Bradley J. Porfilio, California State University, East Bay
Media and Technology in the Classroom
Prairie North
Pop Culture, Critical Media Literacy, and Culturally Relevant Teaching: Ideas from LadsonBillings, Duncan-Andrade & Morrell, and Classroom Experiences
Margaret A. Robbins, University of Georgia
To Thine Own Self Be True": Colliding Information and Media Literacy in the Classroom
Walter C. Metz, Southern Illinois University
Reframing Media Education
Jamie E. Teeple, Ohio State University
Mindcraft: Problematizing an Interactive Game in a Passive Medium
Jessica A. Wertz and Craig K. West, University of Cincinnati
While Prairie room is being set-up for the Keynote Address and lunch, please visit
the International Fair taking place on the first floor in the Brown Ballroom. The
International Fair provides the Illinois State student body, and the BloomingtonNormal community, with a unique exposition featuring food, music, entertainment
and traditional cultural clothing from around the world. Student groups and
community organizations are hosting country and region-specific displays and
booths featuring a variety of clothing, artwork and cultural artifacts. ADMISSION
Please begin eating at 11:40a.m.
The keynote will begin promptly at 12:00p.m.
Music, Health, and Wellbeing
Prairie South
A Critical Analysis of the Importance of Physical Education
Rachel Dean, Illinois State University
The “Golden Ticket” to Health in the 21st Century
Stefanie Guggenheim, Illinois State University
The General Public’s Perceptions of Genetically Modified Organisms
Elise Baker, Sarah Foran, and Sam Perschnick, Illinois State University
How Your Music is Chosen for You
Justin Johnson and Cory Schreiner, Illinois State University
“Feeling Some Type of Way”: The Negative Effects of Popular Song Lyrics on Youth
Jasmine Grullon, Jessica McKenzie, and Nancy Romero, Illinois State University
Stereotypes and the Media
Prairie Center
Is the “Superpredator” Myth Being Kept Alive by the Media?
Anelise Imig, Illinois State University
Show Me Your World: Harlem News, Harlemworld
Myrtle Jones, Rochester Institute of Technology
Modern Stereotype: Misrepresentation of Latinos in the Media
Griselda Quezada and Emily Quirarte, Illinois State University
Pagan Religion in the 21st Century: A Contemporary Look into the Myths, Stereotypes, and
Mass-Media Misrepresentations of a Multicultural Spirituality
Gregory Michael Brewer, Illinois State University
The Deleterious Effects of Gentrification on Society and Schools
Nick Balzano, Illinois State University
Critical Media Literacy and Education
Prairie North
A Crisis in the Classroom: An Argument for Critical Education Regarding Digital Literacies
Nicolas Ferrara, Tyler Peterson, and Joseph Martinelli, Illinois State University
“Super Teacher”: Changing Minority Students’ Lives One Smile at a Time
Caroline Schorsch, Illinois State University
“I Think We Should Grade the Legislators”: Teachers’ Engagement With Media-Saturated
Education Politics in Indiana
Christy Wessel Powell, Indiana University
Pop Culture, Critical Media Literacy, and Culturally Relevant Teaching: Ideas from LadsonBillings, Duncan-Andrade & Morrell, and Classroom Experiences
Margaret A. Robbins, University of Georgia
Important Topics in Media Studies
Prairie South
The Dangers That Scientific Media (Il)literacy Poses For People and the Globe
Matt Jaynes, Illinois State University
Gender and the Media: Degradation of Women in Popular Culture
Allison Cummings and Amanda Glesing, Illinois State University
Media Glamour’s Athletes Bad Decisions
Eric Lund and Jordan Walker, Illinois State University
Motion Picture Association of America: Raters or Censors?
Scott Greenberg, Jake Holzhauer, and Jackie Kelly, Illinois State University
Special Topics
Prairie Center
Creating Tomorrow with Nothing Today: General Public (Mis)conceptions of Why K-12 Teachers
are Underpaid
Deena Davis and Tracy Smith, Illinois State University
Saving Languages from Extinction
Shoko Onozato, Illinois State University
Why I Can’t Call Myself a Feminist: The Effects of the Extreme Pro/Anti-Feminism Movements
on the Internet
Kristina Lopez, Illinois State University
A Look at Film Trends and Ratings: America’s Obsession With Death
Hector Garcia, Illinois State University
TV, Media, Critical Media Literacy, and Digital Storytelling
Prairie North
Child Reality TV Stars: The Implications of Forcing Children to Compete on a National Scale
Becky Wolz, Julia Cunningham, and Meghan Ausnehmer, Illinois State University
We Want You: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the Military in Media
Maddie Degelau, Amy Froelich, and Molly Wojciechowski, Illinois State University
The Axis of Evil: Impacts of Media on The Iranians in Iran and Abroad Through the Lens of
Critical Media Literacy
Bita H. Zakeri, Indiana University
Teachers’ Concerns and Solutions Towards the Implementation of Digital Storytelling in Teaching
English in ESL Classroom in Asian
Khanh N. Bui, University of Georgia
“Sounds great – Why isn’t it happening?”: Evolutionary Complications Within and Beyond Media
Natasha Casey, Blackburn College
Remembering Critical Scholars Who Have Passed Away
Jean Anyon, Ph.D.
City University of New York
Robert Dardenne, Ph.D.
University of South Florida St. Petersburg
Gregory J. Dimitriadis, Ph.D.
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Teshome H. Gabriel, Ph.D.
University of California at Los Angeles
Hanno Hardt, Ph.D.
University of Iowa
William H. Watkins, Ph.D.
University of Illinois at Chicago
Thanks to Our Sponsors and Supporters
The Following Have Generously Supported this Conference
Helping Us Stay Connected
2015 Critical Media Literacy Participant Contact Information
Shqipe Alili
[email protected]
Jennifer Fiero-Padilla
[email protected]
Matthew Jaynes
[email protected]
Meghan Ausnehmer
[email protected]
Bridget Fitzgerald
[email protected]
Justin Johnson
[email protected]
Elise Baker
[email protected]
Sarah Foran
[email protected]
Myrtle Jones
[email protected]
Nicholas Balzano
[email protected]
Amy Froelich
[email protected]
Ashley Kalas-Ramonez
[email protected]
Lauren Bratslavsky
[email protected]
Hector Garcia
[email protected]
Kara Kastenholz
[email protected]
Taylor Brege
[email protected]
Jaclyn Garlock
[email protected]
Justine Kavanagh
[email protected]
Gregory Brewer
[email protected]
Amanda Glesing
[email protected]
Jackie Kelly
[email protected]
Khanh N. Bui
[email protected]
Gianna Goldbach
[email protected]
Morgan Kimmerling
[email protected]
Natasha Casey
[email protected]
Scott Greenberg
[email protected]
Kelly Klein
[email protected]
Allison Cummings
[email protected]
Jasmine Grullon
[email protected]
Danielle Ligocki
[email protected]
Julia Cunningham
[email protected]
Stefanie Guggenheim
[email protected]
Kristina Lopez
[email protected]
Deena Davis
[email protected]
Nicholas D. Hartlep
[email protected]
Eric Lund
[email protected]
Rachel Dean
[email protected]
Beth Hatt
[email protected]
Joseph Martinelli
[email protected]
Madison Degelau
[email protected]
Christina Heady
[email protected]
Jennifer McGowan
[email protected]
Courtney Duffield
[email protected]
Brandon Hensley
[email protected]
Jessica McKenzie
[email protected]
Lucille L. T. Eckrich
[email protected]
Jake Holzhauer
[email protected]
Walter Metz
[email protected]
Nicolas Ferrara
[email protected]
Anelise Imig
[email protected]
Barbara Meyer
[email protected]
Alfonso Montero
[email protected]
Jessica Repetny
[email protected]
Kayla Voss
[email protected]
Rachel Nalley
[email protected]
Margaret Robbins
[email protected]
Jordan Walker
[email protected]
Shoko Onozato
[email protected]
Nancy Romero
[email protected]
Jessica A. Wertz
[email protected]
Stacy Otto
[email protected]
Caroline Schorsch
[email protected]
Craig K. West
[email protected]
Sam Perschnick
[email protected]
Vicky Schorsch
[email protected]
Trisha Wickland
[email protected]
Tyler Peterson
[email protected]
Cory Schreiner
[email protected]
Marsha Wilkins
[email protected]
Bradley J. Porfilio
[email protected]
Shane Sibley
[email protected]
Constance Winkelmann
[email protected]
Christy Wessel Powell
[email protected]
Tracy Smith
[email protected]
Molly Wojciechowski
[email protected]
Shirley Steinberg
[email protected]
Kendra Theodosopoulos
[email protected]
Rebecca Wolz
[email protected]
Jamie E. Teeple
[email protected]
Kristen Tokarz
[email protected]
Jessica Yauch
[email protected]
Griselda Quezada
[email protected]
Abby VanDeventer
[email protected]
Bita H. Zakeri
[email protected]
Emily Quirarte
[email protected]
Kenneth J. Fasching-Varner
[email protected]
Fourth Annual Critical Media Literacy Conference
Saturday, March 19, 2016