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CLS: Journalism & Media Literacy

In an ever-changing world with many different forms of news and media, it’s important to analyze and make informed judgments as users of information.

Hans Meyer

Monday, June 24, 10:30 a.m. | Orchestra Hall
“Media Literacy: The Who, Where, When & What of How You Get News”

It’s easy to separate media into categories based on bias, but the real formula for how news and information get to you is a lot more complicated.

In this lecture, Hans Meyer examines the classical foundation of journalism, including why the founding fathers included speech and press protections in the Bill of Rights, to understand why news looks the way it does.

We’ll also explore how business and technology contribute to the mix, with the end goal of providing a framework to help us determine credible and useful news.

Tuesday, June 25, 10:30 a.m. | Orchestra Hall
“Algorithms, Memes, Virality: What Drives Social Media Engagement (& How I Can Get in on It!)”

Like news, it’s easy to oversimplify social media, but it’s much more complex than memes, viral videos and Aunt Martha’s green bean casserole recipe. In fact, it’s a multi-billion-dollar industry fueled by tech giants who are more interested in exploring what technology can do than whether it should.

That doesn’t mean Facebook, Instagram and TikTok can’t produce valuable information. It just means that consumers have to be critical and even a bit skeptical about what they see. Knowing this, however, empowers individuals to maximize the engagement and social benefits these platforms offer and reach audiences more completely and effectively than ever before.

Tuesday, June 25, 3:30 p.m. | Orchestra Hall
“Reinvigorating Truth & Trust: A New Strategy for Higher Education”

In an era of perpetual global information warfare and declining trust in institutions, American journalist and public relations executive Chris Davey and Duch historian and PR tech executive Bart Verhulst propose a strategy for higher education to address the twin crises of truth and trust.

By supporting research in communications and journalism, applying new research to journalism education, teaching media literacy and embracing the role of news publishers, universities can help restore public confidence and promote a more informed and resilient society.

Davey is a strategic communications consultant with more than 30 years of experience in government, higher education and media. He’s a founding partner of 30PR, a national communications consulting firm.

He was Senior Associate Vice President for The Ohio State University (OSU) for more than six years where he managed social media, crisis response, executive communications and media relations. For 11 years, Davey was the Chief Communications Officer for the Supreme Court of Ohio, where he served as a Senior Advisor and Speechwriter for the Chief Justice.

In 2015, Davey co-authored the chapter on courts and the media in the American Bar Association’s textbook on judicial administration. He is a former journalist covering politics and government for the Cincinnati Enquirer and the Dayton Daily News.

Davey has a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in journalism and communications from OSU, where he was a Fellow in the Kiplinger Public Affairs Journalism Program in 2002.

Journalism & Media Literacy

Wednesday, June 26, 10:30 a.m. | Orchestra Hall
“Title TBA”

Phil Stahl

Thursday, June 27, 10:30 a.m. | Orchestra Hall
“The Webb Space Telescope”

Since its first science release in July 2022, the Webb Space Telescope has been rewriting the science book with near weekly discoveries. This presentation will provide a curated review of the last year’s Webb science press releases, ranging from first star, distant galaxies and supermassive black holes, to exoplanet formation and water detection, as well as a gallery of amazing images.

Dr. H. Philip Stahl is a Senior Optical Physicist at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, maturing technologies to design, manufacture, test and control ultra-stable high-precision large-aperture space telescopes to image exoplanets. Previously, he was responsible for developing mirror technologies for the Webb Space Telescope and overseeing the manufacture, test and certification of the Webb primary, secondary and tertiary mirrors.

Stahl is a leading authority in optical systems engineering and optical metrology with over 40 years of experience on large-aperture and segmented-mirror telescopes. Many of the world’s largest telescopes have been made with the aid of instantaneous, high-speed and infrared phase-measuring Interferometers developed by him, including the Webb Space Telescope, Keck Observatory, Very Large Telescope and Gemini Telescopes.

He discovered and funded the development of the 4D PhaseCAM technology. Stahl was responsible for ensuring that the Webb mirrors met their specifications, including personally solving problems related to PMSA edge testing and ACF calibration. He is author of the ‘Stahl’ parametric cost model for ground and space telescopes.

Since joining NASA in 1999, Stahl has managed SBIR Sub-Topics and technology development contracts resulting in the creation of new companies and dozens of new jobs. He has co-authored agency technology roadmap documents and originated and organizes the annual Mirror Technology Days in the Government Workshop.

Prior to NASA, Stahl was a Senior Staff Optical Engineer at Raytheon Danbury, where he was Lead Optical Engineer responsible for refurbishing and operating the 4-meter Large Active Mirror Program (LAMP) mirror, fabricating and testing the Spitzer Telescope flight secondary mirror and developing the absolute metrology process used to test the LIGO Pathfinder Test Mass. Via Stahl Optical Systems, he supported several NASA Space Shuttle microgravity experiments.

Other employers include Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Breault Research Organization, Perkin-Elmer Wilton, Hughes Aircraft and Wright-Patterson AFB. He was also a faculty fellow at NASA Lewis (now Glenn) Research Center.

Journalism & Media Literacy

Friday, June 28, 10:30 a.m. | Orchestra Hall
“Title TBA”


Jun 25 - 28, 2024



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