Angelo State to Host Symposium on American Values


SAN ANGELO, TX — Angelo State University will present Dr. Renee Hobbs, a professor of communication studies at the University of Rhode Island, as the featured speaker for the 2024 E. James Holland Symposium on American Values on Thursday, February 15 at 6 p.m. in the Carr Education-Fine Arts (EFA) Building, 2602 Dena Drive.

Titled "Media Literacy in an AI World: Artificial Intelligence, Media Literacy, and American Values," Hobbs' presentation will take place in the Carr EFA Building's Eldon Black Recital Hall and is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

During her presentation, Hobbs will address the question, "How can media literacy help us retain creativity and critical thinking in an AI world?"

Dr. Renee Hobbs, a professor of communication studies at the University of Rhode Island

Dr. Renee Hobbs, a professor of communication studies at the University of Rhode Island

(Credit: Angelo State University)

One of the world's leading authorities on digital and media literacy education, Hobbs is a teacher, researcher, activist, and media professional. She has provided faculty and staff development programs for educators on four continents and produced some of the leading empirical research on the subject. At the University of Rhode Island, she is also co-director of the Graduate Certificate in Digital Literacy, a professional development program for educators, librarians, and media professionals that was recognized in the U.S. Department of Education's National Education Technology Plan.

Over her 25-year career, Hobbs has developed an award-winning multimedia curriculum and has published more than 200 scholarly articles and professional publications, as well as 12 books, including:

  • "Media Literacy in Action: Questioning the Media" (2021)
  • "Mind Over Media: Propaganda Education for a Digital Age" (2020)
  • "Create to Learn: Introduction to Digital Literacy" (2017)
  • "Exploring the Roots of Digital and Media Literacy through Personal Narrative" (2016)
  • "Discovering Media Literacy: Digital Media and Popular Culture in Elementary School" (2013)
  • "Digital and Media Literacy: Connecting Classroom and Culture" (2011)
  • "Reading the Media: Teaching Media Literacy in High School English" (2007)

Hobbs also founded the Media Education Lab, an online community that aims to advance media literacy education through leadership development, scholarship, and community engagement. She is also the founding co-editor of the Journal of Media Literacy Education, an open-access, peer-reviewed journal for the global media education community. She holds a Ph.D. in human development from Harvard University.

The Holland Symposium is named in honor of its creator, Dr. E. James Holland, retired dean of the former ASU College of Liberal and Fine Arts. It is designed to bring the ASU community and the public together to reflect on issues related to the country's values. In its 40 years, the symposium has brought more than 50 nationally prominent figures to the ASU campus to spark discussion on a wide variety of topics.

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