Category Archives: popular culture

National Council of Teachers of English

Carolyn shared two curriculum units at NCTE.  The first was “(Re)Imagining Ibsen’s A Doll’s House with Critical Literacy.” The second was “Online Persona Role Plays: Advertisement Analysis.”  Each offered participants the opportunity to see how students can depersonalize their literacy experiences to more keenly relate to individuals, settings, and cultural practices outside what’s considered “normal.”  Digital media literacy analysis and composition helped students create critical distance from media messages. November, 2013. Boston, MA.

Northeast Popular Culture Conference

Fortuna Delivers Paper on Ron Howard’s Film, Rush

Carolyn joined a Sports and Popular Culture panel with her paper, “‘Electifyingly Cool and Sexy’: The Cultural Politics of Speed in Ron Howard’s Rush.”  She argued how Howard, relying on a Classic Hollywood structure of memorable characters performing recognizable actions that celebrate familiar values, reaffirms a popular film narrative in which privileged males hold all the power, have all the fun, and possess the only real opportunities for self-actualization.  Burlington, VT. October, 2013.

A Digital and Media Literacy Idea for the Week

Grades 5-8 Visual Arts Idea:

Have students chat about their favorite television shows.  Then break students into pairs, based on the series that they agreed were their favorites.  Have the students take turns interviewing each other as if they were a character in the show.  Help students to identify positive and negative character traits and why producers create such characters.

Media Literacy, Popular Culture, and Education: EDC 501

Fortuna as Guest Speaker at Rhode Island College Graduate Class

Carolyn talked to M.A.T. candidates about her experiences as a public school teacher in an “Introduction to Digital and Media Literacy as Serious Educational Discourse.” Providence, July, 2013.

Sports Literature Association

Fortuna and Hanley at Monmouth College

Carolyn delivered a critical paper: “Shifts in Perspective: Archetypal Horseracing in Hemingway, Smiley, and Gordon.” Stephen read his creative non-fiction: “Sport in Sienna.” West Long Branch, NJ. June, 2013.

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Northeast Media Literacy Conference

Fortuna at the University of Connecticut

Carolyn spoke to an international audience about “Ten Ways to Infuse Media and Digital Literacy into Instruction.” Storrs, CT. April, 2013.