April 23rd, 2008

Press Contact: Aneka Flamm

 MEDIA: Overseas Conversations (V)
An International Conference on Media, Education & Youth
June 5 – 7, 2008 / New York City

New York, NY – This conference provides an open forum for exploring media, education, and youth within an international context. It includes screenings of youth-produced media, as well as panels on media literacy education initiatives from the Arab and Gulf region, Asia, and Europe.

Open conversations and discussions will explore the potential of media as socio-economic equalizer in education, the global relevance of media literacy education, design as media, and cross-cultural perceptions of media in formal education.

The conference includes the US premiere of “Afghan Chronicles”, a documentary produced by InformAction on Afghanistan’s multimedia company The Killid Group.

The conversations will accent the positive approach of providing young people with the tools and the critical thinking skills they need in today’s media saturated society. Selections of new youth-produced media will be presented by: The European Observatory of Children’s Television, Arts Engine/Media That Matters Film Festival, and The Reel Teens Festival.

Panelists from Afghanistan, Australia, China, Egypt, Korea, Kuwait, Spain, Sweden, UK, and the USA will lead the conversations. Attendees will include media industry professionals, educators, students and the general public.

Organized by: Duende Pictures and The European Observatory on Children’s Television.

In collaboration with: The Paley Center for Media, Fordham University’s Department of Communication and Media Studies, and the Chelsea Art Museum.

With the support of: Arts Engine's Media That Matters Film Festival, Reel Teens Festival, and InformAction.
This conference is made possible with the support of:
Aldeas Infantiles SOS, Spain; Fundaciò Jaume Bofill, Barcelona, Catalonia; ICIC/Generalitat of Catalonia; IORTV/RadioTelevisión of Spain; TV3/Televisiò de Catalunya and Catalunya Ràdio.

Project Directors:  Jordi Torrent and Valentí Gómez i Oliver

All panels and screenings are free of charge and open to all audiences.
For complete schedule visit: (RSVP required,
For additional information, please contact Aneka Flamm, Conference Coordinator, at


MEDIA: Overseas Conversations (V)
June 5 – 7 / New York City


Thursday, June 5  
The Chelsea Art Museum (556 West 22nd Street)

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
'Design as Media : Media Ecology and Creative Practices'
Presentation by
David Walczyk (Pratt Institute, NYC)

7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Opening Reception

Friday, June 6 
The Paley Center for Media (25 West 52nd Street)

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Screening – Highlights of OETI/ITVB 2007 – Presented by Valenti Gomez i Oliver
The Barcelona International Television Festival is an annual event of the European Observatory on Children’s Television. It includes the award of the prestigious UNICEF Prize, which goes to audiovisual productions devoted to children and youth that highlight ethical values and the defense of human rights according to the Convention of the Rights of Children.
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Screening – Highlights Reel Teens Festival 2007 – Presented by Jordi Torrent
The Reel Teens Festival is an annual three day event held in early June that celebrates the creative genius of young people by screening films and videos made by teenagers from around the world.
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Screening – Afghan Chronicles – Presented by Shahir A. Zahine (Founder, The Killid Group)
The documentary Afghan Chronicles tells the story of the press agency Killid Media, dedicated to fighting ignorance and illiteracy and its daily struggles within the changing Afghan society.
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Screening – Arts Engine’s Eighth Annual Media That Matters Film Festival
Presented by Maia Ermita and Leah Sapin
Arts Engine supports, produces, and distributes independent media of consequence and promotes the use of independent media by advocates, educators, and the general public. By fostering the production and use of independent film, video, and new media, Arts Engine connects media makers and active audiences in order to spur critical consideration of pressing social issues.
The Media That Matters Film Festival is the premiere showcase for short films on the most important topics of the day. Local and global, online and in communities around the world, Media That Matters engages diverse audiences and inspires them to take action.


Saturday, June 7
Fordham University / Lincoln Center Campus (113 West 60th Street @ Columbus Avenue)

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Panel: Media Literacy Education (Arab region)
Samy Tayie (Cairo University, MENTOR, Egypt)
Rawia Alhumaidan (College of Basic Education, Kuwait)
Moderated by Renee Hobbs (Temple University, USA)

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Panel: Media Literacy Education (Asia)
CK Cheung (Hong Kong University)
Hyeon-Seon Jeong (Media Educator, Korea)
Michael Dezuanni (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)
Moderated by Lance Strate (Fordham University, USA)

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Panel: Media Literacy Education (Europe)
Cary Bazalgette (Media Educator, UK)
Manel Jiménez (Pompeu Fabra University, Spain)
Moderated by Për Lundgren (World Summit on media for children and youth Karlstad Sweden, 2010,


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Press contact: Aneka Flamm (
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