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FW: TREM 7797X: Technology, Media and Democracy course, spring 2024

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    Luke Waltzer, Ph.D.
    Director, Teaching and Learning Center
    The Graduate Center, CUNY
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    New York, NY 10016

    From: Katherine Fry <>
    Date: Saturday, December 2, 2023 at 10:47 AM
    To: Katherine Fry <>
    Cc: Katherine Fry <>
    Subject: FW: TREM 7797X: Technology, Media and Democracy course, spring 2024
    Good afternoon CUNY Graduate Center colleagues;

    I’m Katherine Fry, professor of media studies at Brooklyn College-CUNY. This coming spring term I’m collaborating on a unique graduate course with colleagues from several NYC grad programs (in media studies, performance, journalism, design and technical fields at Cornell Tech, NYU, The New School and Columbia) to lead the CUNY section of Technology, Media and Democracy. A description of the course is attached and below. I would be pleased if you could pass this along to any students looking for an innovative interdisciplinary and collaborative elective experience. Students would need to register at Brooklyn College via e-permit.

    The course has been running successfully for 7 years, and I’m very happy to be a part of it this upcoming term. Please have students reach out to me directly with any questions.

    TREM 7797X – Special Topics
    Technology, Media, and Democracy

    Spring, 2024

    Instructor for Brooklyn College/CUNY: Katherine G. Fry, PhD (TREM)

    Mondays, 7-8:30 pm, plus discussion session (TBD)
    (both online and in person)

    A Brief Description:

    A unique collaboration of several NYC grad programs, the Technology, Media and Democracy course brings together students from media studies, design, performance, and technical disciplines to explore and understand various threats to an information ecosystem that nurtures democracy. Students have the opportunity to work with peers in journalism, engineering, media studies, design & technology programs at Cornell Tech, NYU, Columbia, CUNY and The New School with the goal of developing ideas and tools that can help equip citizens with the knowledge and information required to address the many challenges that face society, and to pursue opportunities to create a healthy information ecosystem. Through discussion, a range of expert guest lecturers, and a collaborative project, we will take on topics such as:

    * The importance of our information ecosystem to our democracy, and the key fundamentals of this ecosystem that make it problematic and challenging;
    * Some of the key ailments of our information ecosystem (including misinformation, media manipulation, and harassment), and the challenges in addressing these at scale;
    * How media, propaganda, and misinformation directly affect the functions of democracy, such as elections;
    * Frameworks to imagine the internet of the future, and what we can do to create a healthier environment where democracy can flourish;
    * How the voices of vulnerable populations of people- such as minorities, immigrants, and the poor-fare in our information and media landscape.

    Please contact Prof. Fry with any questions about course logistics or content.

    Katherine G. Fry, PhD
    Professor of Media Studies
    Graduate Deputy Chair, MS in Media Studies Program
    Dept. of Television, Radio & Emerging Media
    Brooklyn College CUNY
    (718) 951-5555
    Author: Dynamic Media Environments: Expanding the Scope of Media Literacy
    2023. Routledge.

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    Yes, very interesting. Thank you.


    Thank you for sending me the information. The course looks interesting.
    From: Luke Waltzer (The Teaching and Learning Center) <>
    Date: Saturday, December 2, 2023 at 2:26 PM
    To: Marwa Answar <>
    Subject: FW: TREM 7797X: Technology, Media and Democracy course, spring 2024

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