Allison Butler; Massachusetts, United States; Co-President
Allison Butler is a lecturer-advisor and the director of the Media Literacy Certificate Program in the Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she teaches courses on cultural studies, critical media literacy, and representations of education in the media. Butler directs the grassroots organization Mass Media Literacy, where she develops legislation, teacher training, and curriculum for the inclusion of comprehensive media literacy in Massachusetts K-12 public schools. She holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. from New York University. She is the author of numerous articles and two books on media literacy, Media Education Goes to School (Peter Lang, 2010) and Majoring in Change (Peter Lang, 2012).
Julie Frechette; Massachusetts, United States; Co-President
Julie Frechette, Ph.D., is Professor of Communication at Worcester State University, Worcester, MA. Her book, Developing Media Literacy in Cyberspace (Praeger Press, 2002), was among the first to explore the “new multiple literacies” approach for the digital age. She is the author of numerous articles on media literacy and feminism, and is co-author of the book Media In Society (Bedford/ St. Martin, 2014). With Rob Williams, Julie is co-editor of Media Education for a Digital Generation (Routledge, 2015).
Ben Boyington; New Hampshire, United States; Vice-President
Veteran high school teacher and consultant Ben Boyington, M.Ed., founded his high-school media studies work on the idea that skepticism and activism are essential to citizenship. He believes that depth of understanding comes from integration, design, and teaching others, and that heutagogy is more important than pedagogy. His research into the 1:1 screen initiative (wherein each student in a school is supplied with an Internet-enabled screen) is published in Media Education for a Digital Generation (Routledge, 2015).
Lori Bindig Yousman; Connecticut, United States; Secretary
Lori Bindig, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of communication in the Department of Communication and Media Studies, the creator of the Media Literacy and Digital Culture graduate program, and the director of the academic Performing Arts program at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. She earned her doctorate in communication and an Advanced Graduate Certificate in feminist theory from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research, presented widely and published in a variety of journals and textbooks, focuses on critical cultural studies and media literacy, particularly the construction and commodification of young femininity. Dr. Bindig is the author of Dawson’s Creek: A Critical Understanding (Lexington Books, 2007) and coauthor of The O.C.: A Critical Understanding (Lexington Books, 2012).
Jacques Brodeur; Quebec, Canada
Jacques Brodeur lives in Quebec, Canada, the only North American jurisdiction where advertising to children is illegal. In 2003, he created the 10-Day Screen-Free Challenge, which was evaluated by parents, teachers, and students. The Challenge has been experienced in more than 100 schools in Canada and well over 200 schools in France. Brodeur helped found ACME in 2002, created Edupax in 2003, and created an ACME Quebec chapter in 2009. His publication history includes “Media Violence, Why It Is Used to Abuse Children, How to Oppose It and Win!” (Media Literacy: A Reader, Peter Lang, 2007) and “Promising Practices to Protect Children from the Increasing Power of Big Media” (Censored 2008: The Top 25 Censored Stories of 2006–07, Seven Stories Press). Brodeur has also organized media education conferences, including Impacts of Screen Overdose on Children’s Health (Montréal, 2011) and Les enfants face aux écrans (Children Facing Screens) (Paris, 2014).
Gordon Glover; Vermont, United States
Gordon Glover is a critical multi-mediator who has taught students at every level from pre-kindergarten through graduate school. Formally schooled as a fine artist in film and animation, he has gravitated to memetics and media studies. He has been an Open Society Institute Fellow, founding board member of Wide Angle Community Media, and Pioneer of Media Activism at Towson University, Champlain College, and Burlington College.
Nolan Higdon; California, United States
Dr. Nolan Higdon is a History and Media Studies Lecturer in the San Francisco Bay Area. Higdon is the co-host of the podcast Along The Line and an author of numerous book chapters, articles, and blog posts. He is a co-author of the 2019 United States of Distraction with Mickey Huff. He is a former co-host of the Project Censored radio show. He sits on the boards of the Media Freedom Foundation (projectcensored.org), the Action Coalition for Media Education, and the Northwest Alliance For Alternative Media And Education (http://naame.org). He is a co-founding member of the Global Critical Media Literacy Project (www.gcml.org). He is a longtime contributing author to Project Censored, a member of the Union for Democratic Communication steering committee, and a former advisor to the Media Literacy and Digital Culture graduate program at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. His academic work focuses primarily on news media, propaganda, critical media literacy, and social justice pedagogies. He has been a guest commentator for news media outlets such as The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Univision, CBS, NBC, ABC, and Fox.
Bill Yousman; Connecticut, United States
Bill Yousman, Ph.D., is the director of the Media Literacy and Digital Culture graduate program at Sacred Heart University and the former managing director of the Media Education Foundation. Yousman has published numerous journal articles and anthology chapters on media literacy and popular culture and is the author of Prime Time Prisons on U.S. Television: Representation of Incarceration (Peter Lang, 2009) and The Spike Lee Enigma: Challenge and Incorporation in Media Culture (Peter Lang, 2014). He earned his doctorate in media studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.