What are the reasons for our confidence in certain media outlets or social media accounts? Part theory and part applied, this course will tackle what critical media literacy is and why it’s imperative to learn for all consumers of social media, corresponding theories like framing theory and, will introduce students to a practice and guide for a “healthier” critical media literacy regimen. The course will be tied to ElHassen’s Clubhouse club called “Source and Angle.”
Dr. Maytha Alhassen
Maytha Alhassen, Ph.D. is a historian, journalist, social justice artist, and mending practitioner. Inspired by James Baldiwn declaration of himself a “public witness,” she sees her work in the world as an engaged wit/h/nessing (witness + withness). Dr. alhassen received her Ph.D. in American studies & Ethnicity from USC, training in the disciplines of history, anthropology, media studies, Middle East studies with an emphasis on race, class, gender, religion and social movements. As a journalist, alhassen appeared as a co-host on Al Jazeera English and The Young Turks and written for CNN, Huffington Post, Boston Review, Mic, The Baffler. In the social justice organizing realm, alhassen co-founded Occidental College’s Social Justice Institute, Believers Bail Out, Arabs for Black Lives collective and currently sits on the board of Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative. Lastly, alhassen is a writer and executive creative consultant for Golden-Globe-winning, Emmy-nominated series Ramy.
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