Media Experts To Visit College this Summer for Annual Convention

From June 7-10, Manhattan College in partnership with the Media Ecology Association (MEA), will host the 13th annual Media Ecology Association Convention on campus.

From June 7-10, Manhattan College in partnership with the Media Ecology Association (MEA), will host the 13th annual Media Ecology Association Convention on campus. Throughout the four-day event, 200 presenters from more than 20 different countries will highlight topics related to media culture, and the conference’s theme, The Crossroads of the Word.

“The conference references New York City’s Times Square as the crossroads of the world, as well as the 21st century’s constant and fluid movement of peoples and cultures across all of the previous boundaries of our global village,” said Thom Gencarelli, Ph.D., this year’s convention coordinator, chair of the communication department at Manhattan College and vice president of MEA.

A few of the noted presenters include Sherry Turkle, Ph.D., Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT and author of The Second Self, Life on the Screen and Alone Together on June 7. Douglas Rushkoff, winner of MEA’s first Neil Postman award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity will come on June 8. Rushkoff is the author of 10 books and producer of three PBS Frontline documentaries.

In addition, Terence Moran, Ph.D., distinguished author, professor of media, culture and communication at New York University and one of three founding member’s of NYU’s media ecology doctoral program, will present on June 9. Computer scientist, composer and visual artist Jaron Lanier, author of You are Not a Gadget and named to Time magazine’s list of 100 of the most influential people for 2010, will also speak on June 9.

The MEA is a nonprofit organization that aims to promote the study, research, criticism and application of media ecology by providing a channel for the exchange of information among the association’s members through events like the Annual Convention.