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Media Pedagogies for Social Justice In and Out of School

A Panel Presentation and Discussion

With Amanda Parris, Bea Meglio, Michael Hoechsmann, and Sameena Eidoo.

Thursday, January 24th, 6-8 pm
OISE/University of Toronto
(@ St. George Subway Station)
252 Bloor St. West, 12th Floor
Dean's Boardroom, Room #12-199

Wheelchair accessible venue. Refreshments will be provided.

Amanda Parris is a student, educator, and artist. Co-founder of the alternative education organization Lost Lyrics and founder of the artistic collective T-Dot Renaissance, she is interested in spaces that challenge, question, and create ways of knowing. Her passion for education, art, and social justice has led to innovative and transformative work with organizations such as the Centre for Women and Trans People at York University, The Remix Project, and Manifesto Community Projects. She is the writer of the one-woman play 32C and was the lead role in the critically acclaimed 2012 SummerWorks production of Motion’s play Aneemah’s Spot. Recipient of the prestigious William Waters Scholarship, Amanda is currently pursuing her M.A. Degree in Sociology of Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto.

Bea Meglio is a Media Studies Specialist, English Teacher, and lifelong learner and has been an advocate for, and teacher of, Media Studies for the past 25 years, specifically in the Toronto and Durham District School Boards. Over the course of her career, she has moved from school to school, building Media programs. She is currently the e-Learning Contact for the Toronto District School Board supporting Blended Learning & e-Learning in the TDSB.

Dr. Michael Hoechsmann is an Associate Professor and the Chair of Education programs at Lakehead University, Orillia. His scholarly interests are situated in literacy and digital literacy, media education and cultural studies. With Stuart Poyntz, he is author of Media Literacies (2012) and with Bronwen Low, Reading Youth Writing (2008). He is the former Director of Education of Young People’s Press, a national news service by and for youth (Canada).

Dr. Sameena Eidoo is an educator and scholar, committed to contributing to theory and practice that can help vision and realize just and equitable schools and societies. She holds a Ph.D. degree in Curriculum Studies and Comparative and International Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. Her dissertation -- “When you witness an evil act, you should stop it with your hand”: Citizenship Learning and Engagement of Muslim Youth Activists in Toronto, Canada -- reveals paradoxes of citizenship and belonging by exploring how select young people from a community marked as "suspect" in post-9/11 Canada develop and express their political subjectivities. Sameena is currently exploring ways to bring her dissertation to life in community organizing.


Presented by the Centre for Media & Culture in Education (CMCE) at OISE/UT. Co-sponsored by the Media Education Working Group (MEWG), the Centre for Urban Schooling, and the Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies (CIARS) at OISE/UT.