The Challenges of YPAR in Youth Justice Systems: A Public Talk by Dr. Hannah Smithson

The MASCLab is very excited to host a public talk on participatory research and youth justice by Dr. Hannah Smithson on September 24th! It will take place from 3:00-4:30PM in Horace Mann Hall, Room 138 on Teachers College’s campus. Read on to find out a bit more about our speaker and her transformative work in the field of youth justice. A bit about Hannah Smithson: … Continue reading The Challenges of YPAR in Youth Justice Systems: A Public Talk by Dr. Hannah Smithson

Some Updates on Our Fake News Game

There’s been lots of news coming out of the sheep town of Green Meadows lately, but some stories just want to pull the wool over your eyes… We’re very excited that our fake news game is in the final stages of the design process! We’ve received great feedback in multiple play-testing contexts, and we’d like to thank everyone who play-tested the game at this stage. … Continue reading Some Updates on Our Fake News Game

Podfest 2019 Recap!

Podfest is an annual event where MASCLab is able to showcase the amazing podcasting and media-making that we do all year. This year, it was hosted on May 3rd in the Teachers College Smith Learning Theater, and was attended by students, faculty, staff and administration. However, if you couldn’t make it, this post is for you! Here’s a full recap of our celebration of all … Continue reading Podfest 2019 Recap!

Media Literacy Panel at Teachers College Academic Festival

We’re excited to be participating in this year’s Academic Festival at Teachers College. Several Masclab members are featured on a panel titled, “Media Literacy,” and we are especially honored to be joined by NAMLE’s Executive Director, Michelle Lipkin, and Jessica Wolff, from TC’s Campaign for Educational Equity. Read more about the panel below, and look for links to resources below the description. Panel Description: In … Continue reading Media Literacy Panel at Teachers College Academic Festival

MASCLab goes to the Penn Ethnography Forum 2019

How do we attend to the in-between? What is our role as researchers to innovate methods as agents of change? These seemingly large (and they are) questions are two I want to pose at the outset of this post about the Media and Social Change Lab’s (MASCLab) presentation at the Penn University Ethnography Forum last month in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Ethnography Forum, now in its 40th … Continue reading MASCLab goes to the Penn Ethnography Forum 2019

Submissions open for the 2nd Visual Research for Social Change (VRSC) Conference: April 23, 2019

The Visual Research for Social Change conference lives on! Following up on a successful (and fun!) conference last year, the VRSC Conference is happening again on April 23 at Teachers College. To submit a proposal, please send an abstract of maximum 300 words and 1-3 visual artifacts as attachments or links (images, videos, links to online resources, etc) to visualresearchforsocialchange@gmail.com by February 28, 2019. See … Continue reading Submissions open for the 2nd Visual Research for Social Change (VRSC) Conference: April 23, 2019

Preventing Gun Violence and Understanding Gun Reform

Last month, we spoke with two people who have studied the issue of gun violence from complementary perspectives, about the phenomenon of firearm use, gun reform legislation, policy recommendations, and areas in need of further research. Louis Klarevas (University of Massachusetts – Boston) is an expert on the study of mass shootings and homeland security, and author of the recently published book Rampage Nation: Securing America from … Continue reading Preventing Gun Violence and Understanding Gun Reform

Book Talk Recap – It’s Not About Grit

Last week Steve Goodman, founding director of the Educational Video Center (EVC), joined MASCLab for a very special conversation about his recent book, It’s Not About Grit: Trauma, Inequity, and the Power of Transformative Teaching. Founded in 1984, EVC is “a non-profit youth media organization dedicated to teaching documentary video as a means to develop the artistic, critical literacy, and career skills of young people, … Continue reading Book Talk Recap – It’s Not About Grit