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Media in a Divided Society and Changing World

The NOVA Institute for Public Service presents:

Media in a Divided Society and Changing World: Approaches to Teaching in Community Colleges

April 20-22, 2017

The "Media in a Divided Society and Changing World" seminar looks at the role media plays in the world today. The role of the media was the subject of much criticism during the US presidential election. Many questioned media's influence in fostering divisions in US society; others questioned whether the media should have been more critical of the candidates. Media is going through unprecedented changes globally. For community college environments, students are increasingly moving from traditional news media to learn about events of the day, to alternative media including partisan outlets and satirical sources such as "The Daily Show."

How to best access appropriate media outlets for teaching and learning will continue to be an important task for faculty. Educators need students to examine current issues, topics and the debates of the day. What does this mean for promoting an educated society that is civically involved? How can faculty in an array of disciplines prepare themselves for engaging with their students, who increasingly represent a wide range of backgrounds and countries of origin?

The seminar will combine lectures and presentations (often experientially focused) with briefings by DC-based groups and field trips. The seminar will:

  • Provide a landscape and overview of current issues related to US-based and global media.
  • Examine specific media outlets and means that can be used in the teaching and learning context.
  • Consider how students can best utilize media to be better prepare to engage civically in the future.
  • Consider where in community college curricula issues of media awareness and approaches can be examined.
  • Develop modules and lessons that can be applied in a range of fields for teaching about these issues.

The seminar field trips will be to DC-based media centers such as the Washington Post, USA Today, National Public Radio, or the Newseum.

The Institute for Public Service (IPS) has now hosted two successful April seminars for community college faculty and professionals: one on global public health (April 2015) and one on global climate change (April 2016). In addition, the IPS hosted an October seminar in 2016 for community college faculty centered on global conflict and peacebuilding issues.


Northern Virginia Community College
Alexandria Campus
5000 Dawes Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22311


A preliminary schedule will be posted in February 2017.


Please click here to access the registration form. Once you have registered, you will receive an email from Linda Campos with instructions on how to make your payment.



The fee includes a daily breakfast and lunch. Once you have registered, please make your check out to “Northern Virginia Community College” in the amount of $200 and mail it to:

Northern Virginia Community College
Attn: Linda Campos, AA252 
5000 Dawes Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22311

Be sure to send your payment within two weeks of when you register. The only acceptable form of payment is by check. After your payment is received, you will be emailed a receipt and a registration confirmation number.

Lodging Information

Here is information on the two hotels located closest to the campus. Please contact them directly to book a room reservation.

Hampton Inn Alexandria/Pentagon South
4800 Leesburg Pike
Alexandria, VA 22304
Phone: 703.671.4800

Hilton Alexandria Mark Center
5000 Seminary Road
Alexandria, VA 22311
Phone: 703.845.1010


January 30, 2017

For More Information

For questions regarding registration, please contact Linda Campos at lcampos@nvcc.edu. For questions about the program, please contact David Smith at davidjsmith@davidjsmithconsulting.com.