TORONTO, Jan. 25 /CNW/ - An innovative international conference will
take place this year in Toronto to examine the complex relationship
between media and higher education. Worldviews: Media Coverage of Higher Education in the 21st Century will be held June 16 to 18, 2011 at several venues including the
University of Toronto, MaRs Discovery District, and Ryerson University.
The conference will examine how media moulds public perceptions of
higher education and how higher education engages with the media to
shape public perceptions of its role and importance. The conference
will also examine current innovations in media coverage and possible
directions for the future.
"Higher education is more important than ever to our social vitality and
economic success, yet it depends on the media to articulate its mission
to the public," said Mark Langer, President of the Ontario
Confederation of Faculty Associations and Carleton University professor
of film studies. "This conference is the first attempt to seriously
examine the implications and the changing nature of this relationship."
Speakers from North and South America, Europe, Australasia, Africa, and
other areas of the developing world will encourage an interactive
dialogue with participants. As well as debates, panels and workshops,
there will be small café discussions and salons, film screenings,
interviews with leading thinkers, and the opportunity for audience
members to become speakers and debaters.
The conference will be open to the media, streamed on the web, and
recorded for future website broadcasts.
The London-based University World News, Washington-based Inside Higher Ed, OISE/University of Toronto and the Ontario Confederation of University
Faculty Associations (OCUFA) are organizing the conference.
Details about the conference can be found on the Worldviews website www.WorldviewsConference.com.
What: Worldviews: Media Coverage of Higher Education in the 21at
When: June 16 to 18, 2011
Where: Venues across Toronto
Who: Conference speakers include Ivan Seminiuk, News Editor, Nature; Phil Baty, Deputy Editor, Times Higher Education, Penny Park, Science Media Centre of Canada, Simon Beck, Globe and Mail Editor of the Canadian University Report, Abdul Razak Dzulkifli, Vice
Chancellor, University of Science Malaysia, Penang, Ying Cheng,
Executive Director, Center for World-Class Universities, Shanghai Jiao
Tong University and Jean-Marc Fleury, Bell Globemedia Chair in Science
Journalism, Université Laval.
SOURCE Worldviews Conference
For further information:
please contact Laura Ziemba, conference event planner, 416-712-0412 (cell)