Baylor School of Education welcomes media literacy education expert Renee Hobbs

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Oct. 16, 2012

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WACO, Texas (Oct. 16, 2012) - One of the nation's leading authorities on media literacy education, Renee Hobbs, Ed.D., is the founding director of the Harrington School of Communication and Media at the University of Rhode Island.

Baylor's School of Education welcomes Hobbs for her lecture, "When Literacy Goes Digital: Meeting the Needs of All Learners with Digital and Media Literacy."

"Dr. Hobbs is a leading authority in media literacy educations. Students will learn about what that is and how they can be active, ethical, critical members in a digital world," said Gretchen Schwarz, Ph.D., professor in the Baylor School of Education.

Hobbs maintains an active research agenda that examines the intersections of the fields of media studies and education. She has published dozens of articles and has several books on digital media as well.

"It is a great time to be involved in the media literacy education movement right now. There are so many opportunities as new stakeholders come into this arena. The exciting challenge and opportunity is in bringing together all these diverse stakeholders to have a shared vision of what it means to be media-literate in the 21st century," Hobbs said.

The Baylor School of Education lecture series seeks to engage the school, university and community in discussing important, relevant and challenging educational topics.

Hobbs will lecture at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 in Bennett Auditorium, Draper Academic Building, 1420 S. Seventh St. She will follow her lecture with a community presentation and discussion at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19 in the Community Auditorium, Education Service Center Region 12, 2101 W. Loop 340.

by Rebecca Malzahn , student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.

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