So, as I told you, we really need help with the conference, and a number of you have offered your enthusiastic help for that day. Thanks. I'm hoping most of you can participate in the conference. Remember, there's extra credit involved. Plus, I think you'll find the conference very interesting, especially because there'll be a lot of panels, talks and discussion about media activism and media literacy. There are some amazing people coming, some of whose work you've read if you've taken courses with me before (Doug Rushkoff, Renee Hobbs, Paul Mihailidis). I'll send the full program to all of you in a separate email to the class email list.
Here are the positions and descriptions. You can participate in more than one position:
Registration: 2-3 people to handle the registration table in the morning, from about 8:30-10:00 am.
Signage/Session Maintainers: 4-5 people to make sure each panel session room/area is maintained for each panel; that all tech requirements are taken care of (acting as liaison with Mohammed for any help needed); put up appropriate signage so conference participants know where everything is located at 25 Broadway.
Computer Lab "Interveners": about 3 people, in shifts, overseeing the computer lab where your projects will be showcased -- either to be screened, listened to, or looked at as poster sessions. The computer lab will include your work from 9 am to 1 pm. Each person in this position will be in the computer lab to assist people interested in checking out your projects.
Food set up/clean up: 3 or more people to assist in making sure breakfast (which starts at 8 am) and lunch (delivered around 11:30; served from 12:15-1:15) are set up properly, and then clean up after.
Production: It would be good to have 4-5 people creating a media project on that day -- to screen or showcase at the very end of the conference at 5 pm that same day. What I'm thinking is that it would be really interesting to choose a media literacy or media activism topic during the opening/welcome session (9-9:30 am), then those of you doing the producing can go out with cameras, recorders, and such (into lower Manhattan or wherever) and gather information, perhaps through quick interviews, visuals, sounds, etc., then pull something short together that offers a snapshot of the man/woman-on-the-street thinking about that topic on that day. We can talk more about this when we next meet together in person. I really like spur of the moment, quick projects like this. I think it could add a really nice mediated dimension to this media-related conference -- and showcase you as students. I'm completely open to all your idea. If this sounds interesting to you, you might want to start thinking about some topics related to some of the panels that will be included at the conference (i.e., Fake News, Digital literacy, media and conspiracy theories, civic engagement, notions of truth/falsehood in media; etc.)
And, of course, you'll want to attend some of the sessions as well. And there's always the after-party!
So, think about it! I'm hoping for a really big day. We have about 40 people presenting, and I'm hoping we'll have many more than that just attending to be a part of the conference. Our Dean, Maria Conelli, will be saying a welcome. I'm going to invite the top administrators to come as well for as much of the day as they can stick around for (President Anderson, Provost Tramontano, etc.).
Let me know!