MIC Launch

Our society faces a critical juncture. On one hand, we are in a moment of rapid technological advancement that creates greater communication, information sharing, and numerous democratic possibilities. On the other hand, we see a collapsing commercial model for journalism, monopolistic platforms that spread misinformation with little accountability, more economic insecurity, and a debased political process.

Recognizing these potentials and perils, MIC is launching with a two day, multidisciplinary conference that gathers scholars, practitioners, policymakers, and activists focused on understanding this conjuncture from structural and historical perspectives, while also offering viable strategies for social change.

Preliminary Schedule

April 11
Keynote, 5:30 – 7:00pm
Opening Reception to Follow

Keynote: ASC Dean John Jackson in conversation with with Naomi Klein, Author and Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture, and Feminist Studies at Rutgers University-New Brunswick

April 12 
Full-Day Symposium, 9:30am – 5:30pm 

Confirmed speakers include Marc Lamont Hill (journalist, scholar, author, and activist)
Juan González (journalist and co-host of Democracy Now!) Michael Copps (former Commissioner of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission), Des Freedman (Goldsmiths University of London and founding member of the Media Reform Coalition), Jean Friedman-Rudovsky (Co-Executive director, Resolve Philadelphia) Jamie Woodcock (Oxford Internet Institute), Chenjerai Kumanyika (Rutgers University), Helen Gym (Councilmember, City of Philadelphia), and many others!

Open to the public.

Please register here.

For more information, email briar.smith@asc.upenn.edu