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E. James Holland Symposium on American Values

The symposium is named in honor of its creator, E. James Holland, retired dean of the ASU College of Liberal and Fine Arts, and is designed to bring the ASU community and the public together to reflect on issues related to the country’s values.

The E. James Holland Symposium on American Values has brought more than 50 knowledgeable and sometimes provocative figures from the front lines of American culture and society to the ASU campus to spark discussion on a wide range of topics. Pop culture, politics, entertainment, immigration, foreign policy and violence provide a sampling of the subjects covered in the annual lecture.

The Holland Symposium has brought to campus noted scholars from a variety of fields, including ecology, sociology, psychology, political science, education and business. 

2024 Symposium: Artificial Intelligence, Media Literacy and American Values

How can media literacy help us retain creativity and critical thinking in an AI world?

Our speaker, Dr. Renee Hobbs, a professor of communication studies at the University of Rhode Island and founder of the Media Education Lab, will discuss:

2024 Symposium Library Guide

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About the Speaker 

Portrait of Dr. Renee Hobbs. Dr. Renee Hobbs is one of the world’s leading authorities on digital and media literacy education. As a teacher, researcher, activist and media professional, she has offered programs for educators on four continents and produced some of the leading empirical research on the subject.

At the University of Rhode Island, Hobbs serves as the co-director of the Graduate Certificate in Digital Literacy, a professional development program for educators that was officially recognized in the U.S. Office of Education’s National Education Technology Plan (2015). Hobbs has provided staff development to educators from across the United States and on four continents around the world.

Over 25 years, Hobbs has developed award-winning multimedia curriculum and has published more than 150 scholarly articles, professional publications and books including:

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