#MentorTalks: Media Literacy Skills for Fighting Pandemic Misinformation

When: Wednesday, May. 20, 2020 at 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM EDT

Watch Live on Facebook: International Exchange Alumni Facebook Page


Got 15 minutes? You’ve got a mentor! Join us for our next #MentorTalks, a Facebook Live series that puts exchange program alumni in touch with extraordinary mentors on a wide variety of topics. On Wednesday, May 20th, we’ll discuss the value of media literacy. As the world fights the Covid-19 pandemic, it's also battling rumors and misinformation about the virus that may lead the public to believe and even take harmful actions. In this program, you’ll learn why media literacy is so important in this public health crisis, and how you can recognize good vs. misleading information.    We’ll be joined by Michelle Ciulla Lipkin of the National Association for Media Literacy, and Dr. Ankuran Dutta of Gauhati University Education. Come ready to ask questions and be inspired! Michelle and Ankuran will provide methods to identify disinformation and excellent examples of how you can prevent the spread of harmful rumors. Use #MentorTalks when asking your question, and we’ll see you online!


Michelle Ciulla Lipkin
Executive Director, National Association for Media Literacy Education

Michelle Ciulla Lipkin is the Executive Director of the National Association for Media Literacy Education. As Executive Director, Michelle has helped NAMLE grow to be the preeminent media literacy education association in the U.S. She launched the first ever Media Literacy Week in the U.S., developed strategic partnerships with media companies such as Participant Media, Nickelodeon, and Twitter, and restructured both the governance and membership of the organization. She has also overseen four national conferences and done countless appearances at conferences and in the media regarding the importance of media literacy education.

Dr. Ankuran Dutta
Associate Professor and Head, Department of Communication and Journalism, Gauhati University

Dr. Ankuran Dutta is Associate Professor and Head, Department of Communication and Journalism at Gauhati University in Guwahati, Assam, India. Dr Dutta is a media educator by profession with 15 years experience in different academic activities in India, Bangladesh, Canada, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Malaysia. Recently he has been awarded with prestigious National Award for Outstanding Efforts in Science and Technology Communication in the Electronic Medium for 2018. He was also recognized as the Best Media Educator (Associate Professor) at the Media and Media Education Summit in 2018 in New Delhi. Dr. Dutta has participated in the Study of the United States Institutes program in Journalism and Media at E. W. Scripps School of Journalism at the University of Ohio, USA from June-August, 2018.

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Questions about this event? Reach out to Loren Hurst at [email protected]